He once clean bowled Sachin Tendulkar in the nets, faced the bowling of Irfan Pathan, and took catches off David Miller’s bat.
Guardiola, who signed De Bruyne two years ago after watching him play in the Bundesliga, publicly praised the former Chelsea player earlier this month for his quality, commitment and intelligence.
After Jose Mourinho’s United romped to a 4-0 victory over bottom club Crystal Palace, City had much the better of the late game at Stamford Bridge.
Saturday’s result leaves the Premier League champions fourth in the table, six points behind leaders City and second-placed Manchester United and one point behind third-placed Tottenham Hotspur.
Real made no announcement on the injury, which was originally thought to only be a cramp, but Zidane said Bale had a small calf strain.
The Ferrari driver trails Mercedes rival Lewis Hamilton by 28 points in the standings, will start Sunday’s race dead last after power unit problems prevented him from setting a time. Hamilton, meanwhile, will begin on the pole.
Hamilton, 28 points clear of Vettel with six races remaining, has now been on pole for four years in a row in Malaysia and five times in total – equalling Michael Schumacher’s record at the circuit.
West Ham striker Andy Carroll hit the crossbar five minutes from time before Sakho stole in at the far post to lift West Ham out of the relegation zone.