The list of top players Bayern Munich have plucked away from Bundesliga rivals grows every year: Robert Lewandowski, Mario Gotze, Mats Hummels, Manuel Neuer in recent seasons, soon to be followed by Leon Goretzka in the summer.
But Bayern may rue missing out on one particular star: Kevin De Bruyne, Germany's Player of the Year in 2014-15, and now the driving force behind Manchester City's assault on four fronts.
"I would give the shirt off my back for him," current Bayern coach Jupp Heynckes...
The Manchester City juggernaut was eased into cruise control for large spells of their Champions League tie with FC Basel and with four away goals to their name and a clean sheet, you'd have to think the heavy lifting from Pep Guardiola's side has all been done in the first leg. This was far from City's best display of the season, but they made it look easy against the Swiss champions.
BASEL, Switzerland -- Three thoughts on Manchester City's 4-0 win over Basel on Tuesday in the first leg of their Champions League round-of-16 tie.
1. City take care of business
Ruthless, fearless and simply a class above, Manchester City showed why they are seen as one of the favourites for the Champions League, even if manager Pep Guardiola isn't sure if his side are quite ready to compete for the trophy yet.
City took their swaggering Premier League form to Basel and destroyed the Swiss...
After a tough first half in which Leicester managed to contain Manchester City for long spells, Pep Guardiola's side showed their ruthlessness after the break to run away with a 5-1 win. Sergio Aguero's four-goal haul will take the headlines, as will Kevin De Bruyne's incredible portfolio of assists, but barring one counter-attack in the first period, the home side got the job done with relative comfort.
The lead at the top of the Premier League table has been extended to 16 points,...