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De Bruyne warns City to expect a strong reaction from Utd

Sat 12 December 2020 | 9:12

Manchester City are planning to inflict more distress on the Red Devils after United missing out of the Champions League knockout stage.

Manchester City

midfielder

Kevin De Bruyne

claimed their Saturday match to be a strong comeback for Utd due to their 3-2 loss to RB Leipzig last week leading them out of the

Champions League

.

City are going against United on Saturday as the first derby of the season. The Red Devils are seventh on the

Premier League

table, one point above the Sky Blues and the Belgian international has warned them to anticipate a reaction.

We need to be careful because everything that has happened this week, it is a good game for them to change the switch,”

the Belgian midfielder said.

They will want to show a different side to what happened in Leipzig and we need to be aware of that.

“In the end it is similar for them as it is for us, both teams want to keep momentum from the last few weeks and it is important to do that.”

Three out of four matches between the two rivals were won by United through their counter-attacking which De Bruyne believes is going to be stronger with Edinson Cavani and Donny van de Beek on the team.

They have some new players and maybe they will play a bit more offensively but we will see tomorrow,

” he added.

After five minutes you are going to know what is happening in the game and then it depends how the game goes, who scores first.

“They played defensively and on the counter last season and picked us off really well. I remember the home game when we lost 2-1 but we made a couple of mistakes and it was difficult to come back.

“In the away game I wasn’t there so I don’t know the details but they won three out of four last year so we need to try and make that right.”

The Sky Blues, on the other hand, have been working on their defense through Ruben Dias, John Stones and Aymeric Laporte.

I think we are playing more solid,

” De Bruyne said. “

At the beginning of the year, we lost ones we shouldn’t have, conceding goals and not scoring a lot of goals so it is difficult when you don’t score

.

It is hard but lately we have been scoring a few goals, not conceding many. It makes it easier for everybody and makes everybody feel comfortable.”

Given the injuries, busy schedule, and only seven points separating the top half this season, De Bruyne believes many teams are able to be the winner of the Premier League 2020-21.

“I

t is something I expected before the season just with the way everything happened last year with having no pre-season while some had one and some didn’t, injuries and then a lot of teams became stronger,

” he added.

I think it is going to be open and it seems that way. I think teams are so good and every team has got quality so if you are not 100 per cent there is a chance you can lose these games.

“I think this has been happening for every team. I think the team that goes on a decent run with six, seven games in a row then maybe there will be a gap, but at the moment that has not been the case.”


source: SportMob

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