Kevin De Bruyne EXCLUSIVE: Man City ‘not good enough’ to match Liverpool this season – but we can still do something special

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Kevin De Bruyne EXCLUSIVE: Man City ‘not good enough’ to match Liverpool this season – but we can still do something special

Kevin De Bruyne admits Manchester City simply weren’t good enough to match Liverpool this season – but pointed out their campaign is far from over.

The Belgian’s stunning free-kick on Thursday was not enough to prevent the title going to Liverpool, who won the Premier League with seven games to spare following Man City’s 2-1 defeat at Chelsea.

De Bruyne and co. conceded their title to Liverpool on Thursday

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De Bruyne and co. conceded their title to Liverpool on Thursday

However, despite Liverpool’s dominance in the league, Pep Guardiola’s men can still achieve something special this season.

Having won the Carabao Cup in February, they have one foot in the Champions League quarter-finals after a 2-1 victory at Real Madrid in the first leg of their last-16 tie.

Plus, they’re already in the last eight of the FA Cup, meaning the treble is well and truly on.

De Bruyne has turned his attention to the FA Cup and Champions League

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De Bruyne has turned his attention to the FA Cup and Champions League

In an exclusive interview with talkSPORT co-host Danny Murphy, De Bruyne said: “Obviously the Premier League is the important one because it shows the constant level that you need to achieve to win it.

“We were not good enough this season but we still have the opportunity to do something nice and we know after lockdown where the focus was coming.

“It was clear for everybody but we need to show what we’re capable of.”

The Belgian playmaker has once again been a standout performer in Guardiola’s star-studded side this term, scoring ten goals and claiming 16 assists to make him a frontrunner for the Player of the Season award.

De Bruyne is one of the very best players in the Premier League

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De Bruyne is one of the very best players in the Premier League

And the 28-year-old told Murphy he is relishing his newly-found role as a leader at the Etihad.

“Five years ago I didn’t care about it”, the former Chelsea man said. “I just wanted to be the best player I can be for the team.

“I think the last two or three years I have learnt to be more responsible for the team.

“I am not the youngest anymore. I’m not old but I’m turning 29 and in a football respect, I am a senior.

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“I think it’s my role to help my teammates and the young lads and with everything that’s been going on, I have been doing the talks for the team.

“I feel honoured that people trust me.”

De Bruyne is so gifted that Guardiola refuses to confine him to one position, allowing him to roam about the pitch at will.

When asked about his position, the Belgian describes himself as a ‘free player’.

“I think sometimes players stick a lot to tactics but I think intuition is very important in football”, the Belgian continued.

De Bruyne is a leader in the Man City dressing room

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De Bruyne is a leader in the Man City dressing room

“If I see something I just try it. If it comes off it’s really nice and if it doesn’t, it doesn’t.

“I’m never scared to do something which I think is right in the moment.

“Obviously I make mistakes like everybody but I just try to be free in the way I play football and it makes me very complimentary for other players in our team.”


Published at Sat, 27 Jun 2020 16:29:00 +0000

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