Manchester City may have missed out in Messi, but that is no hindrance to them.
Manchester City are looking sharp as the new season begins. Pep Guardiola has been busy fortifying his defense with Ake arriving. Additionally, the club has been busy in its efforts to rope in Kalidou Koulibaly from Napoli.
The club has enjoyed significant domestic success under the Catalonian manager. But they have missed out on European success consistently. Though Manchester City thought Lyon would’ve been an easy team in the Champions League this season, the Ligue 1 side ‘received’ them well.
As Pep stared into the void in Portugal, the Citizens knew a lot of work needed to be done. One of the scorers in that game returned to training just one day after the match – Kevin De Bruyne. The Belgian has been a bulwark of determination at Etihad.
Though Liverpool lifted the league title, it was one form the blue shirts who bagged the PFA player of the year – the same Belgian. Talking to Sportsmail in an exclusive interview, he insisted on the need for a determination as Man City aims to have a better season this year.
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Guardiola’s men have been sloppy in defense this season. As a result, a change in that department is already in progress. While Nathan Ake joined from Bournemouth, John Stones looks ready to leave for either Chelsea or Arsenal.
In the attacking half, Pep has entrusted his home country to produce a panacea. Previously too, he bought Rodrigo from Atletico Madrid for €70 million last year. This year, Valencia lost one of their prospects as Ferran Torres arrived at City for £20 million-plus bonuses.
Though the club is fairly confident about the domestic success, Pep is seriously troubled with continuous failures in the Champions League. In fact, he hasn’t tasted European success after leaving Camp Nou – all he needs is redemption. He tried that with the Bavarians and continues to try with City.
What did Kevin De Bruyne say?
Kevin De Bruyne, in an interview with Sportsmail said that the team has the right attitude and approach towards the game. “The hunger is there every day, every time”, he told on the Zoom Meeting.
He has been infuriated after losing to supposed underdogs, Lyon. He has maintained that the team is just not ‘good enough’. Perhaps the Belgian does have a point. He has insisted that there were too many mistakes ‘at both ends’ and those shouldn’t really happen again.
Kevin had a lot to say about City’s current goals and the rumors of Messi joining his club. He said that the immediate goal is to reclaim the title form Klopp’s commandants in the upcoming season. De Bruyne agreed that the league was really tough and to be on top was even tougher.
Talking about the Messi Fiasco, the 29-year-old took a rather pragmatic approach. He agreed that Messi would’ve brought in a lot of money in the form of sponsors and shirt sales. But his immediate reaction was, “I really don’t care. You play with the players you have and I think we have a pretty good team in that respect.”
Kevin De Bruyne is a living legend at a club that struggles to find legends! In his five seasons at the club, he has won the Premier League twice and five domestic cups. The PFA Player ofo the yar is also the first for a City player.
Talking about retirement, the Belgian said that there are no such immediate plans. “The day it doesn’t feel this way (playing to win club trophies) I will probably play in a different team or look at life differently”, he said.
Wise words for Liverpool
For a change, Kevin De Bruyne praised rivals, Liverpool, for a brilliant campaign. He said that circumstances can change football and Klopp’s side did a wonderful job to retain the “same levels” consistently.
He maintained that every little thing can affect the game – be it injuries or otherwise. “Football is all about circumstances and it’s already difficult enough to try and win one, never mind twice”.