Kane, Aguero star in crucial Premier League victories

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But Pep Guardiola believes Kevin De Bruyne could be the man to end the stranglehold Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo have on the Ballon d'Or.

The Belgium global added another three assists to his total in Saturday's 5-1 win over Leicester City, a result that helped City steal a 16-point lead at the Premier League summit before Manchester United lost 1-0 at Newcastle United on Sunday.

"He is not playing like this in just one game".

Attention turns to Europe's premier competition this week, with City travelling to face Swiss champion Basel in the last-16 - granting De Bruyne his latest chance to prove he resides among the finest players on the planet.

"I don't know [which was my favourite goal] - maybe the last one because it's a long time since I scored from outside the box", Aguero said.

"The way he plays it's hard to find one [like him] in Europe. Without the latter stages you will not be nominated". Thus, de Bruyne will need to prove that he can bring Manchester City to a level where they can compete with the most elite European clubs in Barcelona, Madrid, and also Turin, Munich, and Paris.

Guardiola, however, is not looking too far ahead just yet.

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Champions-elect Man City looked strangely out of sorts during the first 45 minutes of their English Premier League clash with Leicester at the Etihad, reported Reuters, but the Foxes were no match for their hosts once Aguero found his groove.

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"Aguero's four goals trumped De Bruyne's three assists, no doubt about it, but that shouldn't take anything away from the midfielder's latest achievement or remarkable levels of consistency". I'm playing this way because the team is playing this way. Against Basel we try to make two good games and do it better than last season.

"To be fair, when I am busy playing football I don't care (about that)", said De Bruyne. I am doing what I have to do. "What happens after is an extra", he told reporters. But I think we are very close to achieving important things.

Ilkay Gundogan insists that improved efficiency in front of goal is the reason for Manchester City's incredible form this season.

"It makes it easier for me, it makes it easier for them. It's something you reflect on after you get something like that".