Head-to-Head

Head-to-Head: Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City) vs Ross Barkley (Everton)
27th January 2016

Manchester City return to the Etihad Stadium for tonight’s Capital One Cup semi-final second-leg (19:45) looking to overturn their one-goal deficit at home to Everton in a bid to reach the final at Wembley Stadium for the second time in three years on February 28.

The Citizens, who lifted the League Cup just two years ago after defeating Sunderland 3-1, will be hoping star summer signing Kevin De Bruyne can inspire the hosts to pull off a remarkable second-leg victory having scored 11 goals and provided 13 assists since arriving from Wolfsburg back in August.

Meanwhile the visiting Toffees, who won the first-leg 2-1 at Goodison Park thanks to goals from Ramiro Funes Mori and Romelu Lukaku, may look towards England international Ross Barkley as their creative spark in midfield as Everton go in search of their first League Cup final appearance since 1977.

So with both influential playmakers set to go head-to-head this evening, here is how De Bruyne and Barkley match up so far this season…

Kevin De Bruyne
  • Club:
    Man City
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  • Position:
    Midfielder
  • Height:
    1.81m
  • Birth Date:
    June 28, 1991
  • Birth Place:
    Drongen, Belgium
  • Clubs:
    Genk, Chelsea, Werder Bremen (Loan), VfL Wolfsburg, Manchester City
  • International:
    Belgium (38 caps, 12 goals)
what he says
"Everything has gone really well for me. It normally takes a bit of time to adapt to your new surroundings but I immediately got to play a lot due to injuries and that sped things up a bit. It's great to play for an attacking team like City."
did you know
De Bruyne released his autobiography, 'Keep It Simple', back in October 2014.
Premier League 2015/16:
  • Games:
    19
  • Goals:
    5
  • Assists:
    9
  • Key passes:
    58
  • Pass accuracy:
    77%
  • Interceptions:
    15
  • Fouls:
    13
  • Mins on pitch:
    1,556
  • Tackles:
    20
Ross Barkley
  • Club:
    Everton
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  • Position:
    Midfielder
  • Height:
    1.89m
  • Birth Date:
    December 5, 1993
  • Birth Place:
    Liverpool, England
  • Clubs:
    Everton, Sheffield Wednesday (Loan), Leeds United (Loan)
  • International:
    England (19 caps, 2 goals)
what he says
"I do feel like I’m a player who entertains and gets people on the edge of their seats, as well as trying to be a game-changer who can win a game. I’ve been working on the other side of the game a lot with the gaffer (Roberto Martinez), being more disciplined and staying in shape.”
did you know
Barkley's grandfather is Nigerian, meaning the Everton midfielder was eligible to represent the African country before he chose England.
Premier League 2015/16:
  • Games:
    23
  • Goals:
    6
  • Assists:
    7
  • Key passes:
    28
  • Pass accuracy:
    88%
  • Interceptions:
    13
  • Fouls:
    21
  • Mins on pitch:
    2,010
  • Tackles:
    10
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