‘It feels like the first season with Pep’: Kevin de Bruyne admits Manchester City’s form has not been good enough under Guardiola this season and says Liverpool ‘deserve to be champions’
- Kevin de Bruyne has been one of Manchester City’s star performers this season
- But he says they have not been good enough and Liverpool deserve to win
- He has blamed costly team mistakes for their Premier League position
The midfielder, who has been one of City’s star performers this year, said the campaign reminds him of Pep Guardiola‘s transitional first season in English football.
The champions are languishing 22 points behind runaway leaders Liverpool in the Premier League but are still fighting for trophies on three fronts including the Champions League.
Kevin de Bruyne says this season reminds him of Pep Guardiola’s first season in Manchester
The 28-year-old told Sky Sports: ‘We’re performing well but we’ve lost too many points. It feels a bit like the first season with Pep where we were playing good football but we were making too many errors.
‘There are games where you think you are fully in control and then the last five or 10 minutes, we basically gave it away and in this period where Liverpool are not dropping any points, every point you drop is too much.
‘Even if we did better, I think the way Liverpool are performing this year and winning basically everything, they deserve to win and be champions again.’
De Bruyne, who has notched up eight goals and 16 assists in the league this season, said mistakes have cost City this season but they cannot complain about playing second fiddle to Liverpool.
The midfielder said Liverpool to deserve to win the Premier League this season
He said: ‘The only frustration we’ve had is making too many mistakes and it’s nothing to do with them [Liverpool], it’s more that we know if we didn’t make these mistakes, it would be closer.
‘We also accept it because you know how hard you have to work to be that good and there’s a lot of respect from both sides to each other. If they win it this way, that’s how it has to be.’
The playmaker went on to say he believes he is close to winning the Ballon d’Or.
He has the chance to win City’s first silverware on Sunday against Aston Villa.
His stunning performance against Real Madrid at the Bernabeu also gives the Manchester side an excellent chance of making the Champions League quarter final, and winning the trophy that has long evaded the club.