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Man City boss Guardiola explains De Bruyne substitution

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola explained the decision to take off Kevin de Bruyne during defeat at Wolves last night.

City blew a 2-0 lead at Wolves on Friday night as Raheem Sterling's double was cancelled out by strikes from Adama Traore, Raul Jimenez and Matt Doherty.

The Blues were playing the game with 10 men after goalkeeper Ederson was sent off in the early stages of the clash.

Guardiola substituted off De Bruyne, City's most influential player, and replaced him with Ilkay Gundogan.

De Bruyne was visibly unhappy with the decision and the misery was only then compounded by a poor performance from Gundogan, who struggled to keep hold of the ball.

Asked why he took De Bruyne off, Guardiola said: "We have less than 48 hours for our next game."

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