By 90Min
November 09, 2017

Manchester City midfielder Kevin de Bruyne may have been earning plenty of plaudits with his goals (1) and assists (3) in the Champions League this season, but the Belgian playmaker has been putting in plenty of hard yards as well.

Running vast distances is not something usually associated with players of De Bruyne's type, who can often be considered lazy, but the City star has made sure he cannot be tarred with the same brush after covering more ground than any other Champions League player.

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Data sourced from UEFA.com reveals that De Bruyne is the only player in the competition to have run in excess of 48km - 48,052m to be precise - after four matchdays so far.

That puts him ahead of Atletico Madrid midfield star Saul Niguez, who has covered just over 47.6km, and Fred of Shakhtar Donetsk, just over 47km.

APOEL's Vinicius and Chelsea's Marcos Alonso complete the top five for most distance covered, while another Shakhtar player in Taras Stepanenko is 6th on the list on 46.7km.

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Nemanja Matic has been covering the ground for Manchester United this season, with 46.2km under his belt, while a handful of Feyenoord and CSKA Moscow player also feature in the top 20, giving an insight into the demands and coaching styles at both clubs.

Top 20 Most Distance Covered in Champions League This Season (UEFA.com):

Player Minutes Played Distance Covered (km)
Kevin de Bruyne (Man City) 360 48.1km
Saul Niguez (Atletico Madrid) 360 47.6km
Fred (Shakhtar Donetsk) 360 47km
Vinicius (APOEL) 360 47km
Marcos Alonso (Chelsea) 360 46.8km
Taras Stepanenko (Shakhtar Donetsk) 360 46.7km
Richard Almeida (Qarabag) 360 46.5km
Luca Zuffi (Basel) 360 46.3km
Nemanja Matic (Man Utd) 360 46.2km
Fernando (Spartak Moscow) 360 45.9km
Bruno Fernandes (Sporting CP) 357 45.7km
Karim El Ahmadi (Feyenoord) 360 45.7km
Leander Dendoncker (Anderlecht) 360 45.4km
Tonny Vilhenna (Feyenoord) 360 45.4km
Aleksandr Golovin (CKSA Moscow) 357 45.1km
Jean-Paul Boetius (Feyenoord) 360 45km
Georgi Schennikov (CSKA Moscow) 360 44.8km
Scot Brown (Celtic) 340 44.7km
Cesc Fabregas (Chelsea) 337 44.4km
Michael Lang (Basel) 360 44.3km

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