Kevin De Bruyne will be looking to flaunt his artistry upon his homecoming return to Stamford Bridge as Chelsea welcome Manchester City to west London in a highly-anticipated clash.
The 30-year-old creative technician had previously enjoyed plotting his annual vengeance against the Blues, forcing Chelsea to rue the transfer woes they have conceded over the years.
However, since the arrival of Thomas Tuchel at the helm of Cobham, De Bruyne has struggled to sing from the same hymn sheet that once proved to hit all the high notes.
The former Paris Saint Germain boss has hosted a defensive metamorphosis at Chelsea which has seen the side evolve into an assured unit, closing the doors to an array of attacking avenues illustrative of the Blues’ Champions League glory.
Tuchel’s triumph over Guardiola in Porto became the German’s third successive win over the Spaniard, stemming from Kai Havertz’s decisive goal and a collective pride to defend as a unit.
The Blues boss has been able to demonstrate why Chelsea was right to offload De Bruyne in January 2014 – despite the years of sorrow that followed – with the management of Havertz, symbolic of his famous goal.
De Bruyne’s meteoric rise to superstardom was ignited by the Belgian’s reportedly hostile meeting with Jose Mourinho in December 2013 when the former Chelsea boss called the Belgian into his office.
City’s figurehead midfielder claimed that Mourinho expressed his desire to retain his services at Stamford Bridge amid growing interest overseas.