Belgian press: Chelsea's De Bruyne did not prove Mourinho wrong

Kevin De Bruyne

Chelsea started Kevin de Bruyne against Arsenal in midweek, but how well did he do?

Kevin de Bruyne's Chelsea career has not been the simplest. He was first loaned back to Genk, then sent to Werder Bremen for a year.

Then there was a tug-of-war for his signature last summer while Chelsea tried to use him as a makeweight in the Schurrle deal, with him preferring Dortmund - In the end Mourinho came in, put his foot down and ensured he stayed at Chelsea.

Then after a disappointing display in the League Cup third round against Swindon, he was criticised by the manager and dropped from the squad altogether.

Tuesday night's match against Arsenal was his re-invitation back into the first team, but it did not go all according to plan on a personal level.

Belgian newspaper Nieuwsblade ran a headline: 'De Bruyne cannot prove Mourinho wrong'

Elaborating, "De Bruyne was replaced after 65 minutes. He defended well and showed a lot of effort, but was not sufficiently involved in the interaction and could not make a difference."

De Bruyne started on the right wing and tried his best to make something happen. He had one shot on goal which was on target, and made one key pass.

However he was one of two Chelsea players, along with Eto'o, who completed less than 80 per cent of their passes.

The Belgian was certainly not one of the standout performers, with teammates Willian and Juan Mata collecting more plaudits. It was not a bad showing by any means, but he is still lacking the breakthrough performance to show Mourinho what he is missing.

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