Manchester City’s Kevin De Bryune is in the Champions League quarter-finals for many things, but not to see or even admire Tottenham Hotspur’s new stadium.
City travel to Spurs new state of the art finished project for the first leg of the Champions League encounter, and contrast to many; Kevin De Bryune doesn’t believe the timing or the stadium would in any way affect or cause for a different approach to the fixture, as he is only concerned about the players they have available.
“I don’t care about the stadium,” he said. “I care about the team we play.
“Everybody talks about the stadium like it’s something special. Everybody has a stadium. Everybody has supporters. They’ll be up for it.
“I don’t think there will be any difference. They’ll probably be a little bit more excited but in the end it’s a stadium with supporters.
“If they go to Wembley with 80,000 or there with 62,000, it’s going to be the same. It’ll be a tough game but I think we’ll be alright.”
City are on course for a Quadruple, and like his master [Pep Guardiola], Kevin thinks less of the aftermath but rather the heavy fixture they’d have to deal with.
“There’s no point thinking about it. Do you know how heavy the schedule is?” De Bruyne said.
“I think people underestimate how the fixtures come that quickly. You can’t think about it. We don’t even have time to have a rest ourselves so how can we think about what’s going to happen in four weeks?
“We’re just going to play Tuesday and then hopefully play a good game.”
The Citizens remain the better of both sides. However, history has its way of leaving certain trails and one very harsh one, would be City getting knocked off the Champions League by a Premier League rival [Liverpool] at this very stage on the previous season.
However, Kevin De Bryune doesn’t believe there are lessons to be learnt from Manchester City’s 5-1 aggregate defeat to Liverpool: “Nothing,” He said “Different team, different year, different players.
“Last year we had a great season, we didn’t make it beyond the quarter-finals and that’s it.”