Manchester City midfielder Kevin De Bruyne has admitted winning the Champions League for the first time could change the club’s perspective and elevate the team to a whole new level. City travel to Spain to face Real Madrid in the second leg of the semi-final on Wednesday.
Manchester City are aiming to reach the Champions League final for the second year in a row and will be looking to take one step closer to fulfilling their dream of winning their first ever Champions League trophy. The reigning Premier League champions will be looking to build on their 4-3 first leg advantage at the Etihad Stadium as they aim to seal their entry into the final of Europe’s prestigious competition.
Pep Guardiola’s side have lifted a host of domestic trophies under their spell, but are yet to win the elusive Champions League title they dream of. City have already beaten the Spanish giants at the Santiago Bernabeu as they knocked out Madrid in the Round of 16 in 2020.
If City manage to defeat Madrid, they will stage an all-English final with Liverpool, after the Merseyside club beat Villarreal to seal their place in the final. However, in light of this Manchester City star Kevin De Bruyne claimed that winning the Champions League this season would elevate the club’s stature.
“I think it would change the perspective from the outside. As a player you want to win trophies and we want to win this one. The fact that we have been fighting for many years and coming to the final stages means that we really did well,” De Bruyne told reporters at a press conference.
“It’s a cup competition and the quality is very high so it’s very difficult to win it, but in the end if you look back at the way we played and I played for seven years, we did very well. We didn’t win it but winning it would change that little narrative.”
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