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De Bruyne: Madrid will find Man City a different team than in 2016

Tue 03 May 2022 | 13:55

Manchester City midfielder Kevin De Bruyne hopes to be able to continue linking up with Gabriel Jesus despite the in-form forward being recently linked with a move away from the Etihad Stadium this summer.

Kevin De Bruyne

was in his debut season with the Blues, who drew 0-0 at the Etihad and fell 1-0 at the Bernabeu thanks to Fernando's own goal.

Manchester City

were dreadful that night, looking like a rabbit caught in headlights, but they come to

Real Madrid

's home with a 4-3 advantage and more confidence, especially after overcoming the newly-crowned Spanish champions at home and away the previous time they faced, in the last 16 two years ago.

Only De Bruyne and

Fernandinho

remain from that humiliating defeat, and the Belgian star believes City are in a far better position now than they were then. Other clubs may have caught up with a Madrid team that was "the powerhouse" at the time, he added. "I think we're in better situation now," he remarked.

I recall playing that game when we weren't having the best of seasons. At the time, Madrid was the dominant force. I know we lost 1-0 in the end due to our own goal, but if my memory serves me well, it was a really dull game. Right now, we're in better shape, we're better set up as a squad, we play better, and we have more experience in this level, so maybe we'll be more equipped."

De Bruyne credits

Pep Guardiola

's rigorous preparation for this: "I think we're well prepared regardless of the game - even if it's the League Cup against a lower league team, there's the same level of details. It is easier to watch a Madrid game on TV than a game from the lesser leagues, but every game we play we want to win, and we discuss the game a lot more, so the quantity of detail is pretty much the same."

"He's done amazing things for me and the team, the players also work very hard to achieve that. if we don't want to listen or work hard, we won't get better." Kevin De Bruyne is asked to detail the improvements that Pep Guardiola has made in his career.

De Bruyne has yet to add a Champions League winner's medal to his outstanding collection, with tears and a damaged eye socket forcing him to spend the night in the hospital after last year's final. However, he believes that winning the competition will only influence how the team and the club are seen.

He stated, "I believe it would transform the perspective from the outside." "You want to win trophies as a player, and we want to win this one. We've been fighting for several years and are now in the final phases, so we've done exceptionally well.


source: SportMob

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