De Bruyne wants to win ti­tle at United

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Manch­ester City want to give their sup­port­ers a “his­toric” day by clinch­ing the Pre­mier League ti­tle against bit­ter ri­vals Manch­ester United, Kevin de Bruyne has re­vealed.

Pep Guardi­ola’s City face the mouth-wa­ter­ing prospect of be­ing crowned league cham­pi­ons for the third time since 2012 if they beat United at the Eti­had Sta­dium on Satur­day.

And the bril­liant Bel­gian knows that claim­ing the ti­tle against their arch-ri­vals will add an ex­tra shine to the glow of their suc­cess.

“We are go­ing to rel­ish this po­si­tion,” De Bruyne said.

“These are the games you play the whole sea­son for. It would be won­der­ful, some­thing dif­fer­ent — you know how it goes be­tween them, you know the his­tory, so it would be his­toric,” the Bel­gian added.

“The sooner we do it, the bet­ter. Then we can fo­cus on other games. It’s a tough run. We play Liver­pool, United, Liver­pool again and then Tot­ten­ham. It’s pretty im­pres­sive, eh?”

City cruised to a 3-1 vic­tory over Ever­ton on Satur­day to main­tain their 16-point ad­van­tage at the top of the ta­ble.

De Bruyne felt the team de­liv­ered a sub­lime dis­play at Good­i­son Park and the Bel­gian play­maker is hope­ful they can de­liver a sim­i­lar per­for­mance at Liver­pool in the first leg of Cham­pi­ons League quar­ter-fi­nal to­mor­row.

De Bruyne has been at the heart of ev­ery­thing good about City this year, in a sea­son in which they have set new standards — both in terms of free-flow­ing at­tack­ing foot­ball and en­ter­tain­ment. If they are to over­come the Reds much will de­pend on him. Not least be­cause City’s only league de­feat this sea­son came at An­field in a game where De Bruyne was as in­ef­fec­tive as at any time this cam­paign. Guardi­ola’s men con­ceded three goals in nine sec­ond-half min­utes as Liver­pool won 4-3 back in Jan­uary.

And the 26-year-old said City will not be dwelling too much on that de­feat.

“It’s the Cham­pi­ons League, the quar­ter­fi­nal, it is all or noth­ing. You have two games, so hope­fully we will go there, do our thing and have a good game,” De Bruyne said.

“I think in last game against Liver­pool we had a spell of 10 min­utes where we lost the con­trol... oth­er­wise I think we did all right.

“In the end it was 4-3. it hap­pens, you learn about these things, and I think we know we have to con­trol it bet­ter. Let’s see if we can con­trol it bet­ter, do these things prop­erly.”

IN THE SPOT­LIGHT: Real Madrid coach Zine­dine Zi­dane may have won backto-back Cham­pi­ons League ti­tles, but is un­der pres­sure at the Span­ish giants. (AFP)

MAIN MAN: Kevin de Bruyne has de­signs set on claim­ing the Pre­mier League ti­tle at the home of City’s arch-ri­vals Manch­ester United this week­end. (AFP)

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