Guardiola challenges De Bruyne after assists record: ‘We need his goals too’

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has challenged Kevin de Bruyne to score more goals next season. The Belgian midfielder provided his 20th assist of the season on Sunday, matching Thierry Henry’s single-season record in the Premier League. Guardiola now expects De Bruyne to score more goals.

De Bruyne netted two goals on Sunday as Man City trashed already relegated Norwich City on the final day of the season. The star midfielder also provided one assist, which meant he matched the record set by Henry for Arsenal. The two goals from De Bruyne against Norwich meant his 12th and 13th goals of the season.

“We know the assists and the quality he has for this but we need his goals,” Guardiola told a post-match news conference. “Today he scored two brilliant goals. Of course, the first one is special.” Guardiola insists that he did not had any concerns for De Bruyne trying to break the assist record by Henry affecting the performances of the team.

“We tell them, play simple, play as you know. Don’t be focused too much on achieving it because it will come along,” he said. “He made one assist but could have easily broken the record. Now he is going to share it with Titi Henry. He played really good. The individual target, the focus to achieve something. It’s good. Athletes always want to overcome and be better and benefit for the team.”