The result ended 1-1, but De Bruyne had proved yet another point - a point Jose Mourinho seems to be missing.
Despite starting on the opening day of the season against Hull City he has since been demoted to the Under-21s as he does not seem to be tickling the fancy of the Portuguese supremo.
With that in mind, and with a World Cup spot to think of, he is heavily linked with another loan move away from Stamford Bridge in January.
His agent has previously intimated that his first choice would be Germany, with VfL Wolfsburg even mentioned as a possible destination. But what if he wanted a permanent move away from the club?
Well according to reports in Italy, that could be just round the corner.
It is believed that scouts from Juventus watched him in action against Croatia last week - and the Bianconeri are now ready to make a move for the player in January.
Which brings me to an interesting point … don’t Chelsea want Paul Pogba?
Juve reportedly opened contract renewal talks with Pogba’s agent this week in a bid to fend off mounting interest in his services, which is said to include a £40 million interest from Chelsea in the former Manchester United player.
Obviously not directly, I mean De Bruyne is valued at around £10 million, max - whereas I have even heard the ludicrous sum of £100m for Pogba bandied around.
But £30-£40 million seems more correct - add De Bruyne to the total and that has two effects.
Firstly, it will lower the price.
Secondly, it simply softens Juve up knowing they have a player coming in to temper the blow of losing Pogba - and a player of undoubted talent and ability.
Plus, as good as Pogba is, he is never £30 million better that De Bruyne - so Juve will definitely be tempted.
Surely a deal should at least be entertained, by both parties if the opportunity arises in January.
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