Kevin De Bruyne felt “blessed” to have bounced returned from a damage-plagued season to attain Wembley and assist Manchester City to win the FA Cup, admitting his most recent absence left him mentally exhausted.
The Belgium international suffered successive knee ligament troubles through a season wherein City became the primary English guys’ team to finish a home treble, triumphing the EFL Cup, the Premier League, and the FA Cup.
It changed at some stage in City’s 1-0 victory over Tottenham on April 20 that he broke down again. Still, after netting 1/3 of City’s six goals towards Watford within the FA Cup very last, he meditated with satisfaction on having bounced returned to fitness.
“It feels a chunk like an honor,” De Bruyne told BBC Sport. “After the Tottenham injury, mentally, I was performed.
“Five injuries in 12 months is a lot. But after multiple days, I become ready to be again with the crew and assist them in the name and within the final game and this sport.
“I feel really blessed to give up the season in this way and display to anybody that I am still equal, and with a bit of luck, the subsequent season may be higher.”
Bernardo Silva echoed De Bruyne’s optimism concerning the subsequent season, expressing his belief that Pep Guardiola’s record-breaking aspect can nonetheless improve.
Silva had a hand in two of City’s goals in opposition to Watford as he put in a performance that capped off the best season on a non-public stage.
Asked what the treble method to his teammates, he said: “It’s extremely good. It approaches your first-class to your united states via a long way because you gained all of the competitions, so yes, we are happy about this season.
“It doesn’t rely on if we win 1-0 or 5-zero; there is usually space for improvement.
“Next season, we will attempt to get better, to win even more titles, to control extra of the games, have extra possession, create more probabilities, score more desires.
Pep Guardiola’s guys wanted consequences to overcome Chelsea in the EFL Cup final and ran extremely near Liverpool within the Premier League. Still, Sunday’s (AEST) triumph turned into a procession as City rounded off a historic campaign in first-rate style.
Although the primary massive threat of the sport turned into created by using Watford, a dominant City made them pay just earlier than the half-hour via David Silva’s first aim in view that December and Gabriel Jesus with 38 minutes on the clock.
Watford’s positive start to the second duration changed into futile as a ruthless City outfit swept them away in style, with Jesus putting in substitute Kevin De Bruyne before including his second of the afternoon.
Sterling rounded off an excellent day for Guardiola’s men by scoring twice in the last 9 minutes.
For all of City’s early domination, the first possibility fell to Watford at the destroy within the 10th minute. Gerard Deulofeu led the counter down the right, and his move was ideal for Roberto Pereyra. However, the Argentine’s shot changed into blocked by way of the outrushing Ederson.
City capitalized on that let-off sixteen mins later, as Sterling headed the free ball into the left side of the box and David Silva fired across Heurelho Gomes into the bottom-proper nook.
Watford’s assignment became even later in the half of whilst Jesus nudged Bernardo Silva’s pass beyond Gomes. The goal was belatedly given to the Brazil striker despite Sterling performing to nudge it over the road.
Gomes changed into well overwhelmed while City, in the end, prolonged their lead just past the hour, as Watford were caught on the smash with the aid of Jesus and he squared to the splendid De Bruyne, who cleverly sidestepped the goalkeeper and converted six minutes after coming on.
Jesus got the 2nd intention within the 68th minute, racing on to De Bruyne’s bypass and hopefully slotting beyond Gomes.
Sterling finished the rout and his double inside the latter stages, first assembly Bernardo Silva’s pass and firing in from near range, earlier than then latching on to De Bruyne’s right-wing shipping and locating the internet notwithstanding Gomes’ fine efforts, capping a momentous day for City.