Kevin De Bruyne has shaken suggestions that a new Tottenhama stadium could affect the outcome of the Champions League quarter-finals against Manchester City.
Spurs saw City meet on Tuesday in their second game of 62,000 seats after defeating Crystal Palace 2-0 last week. Would that be an additional incentive for Mauricio Pochettina? Can it affect the atmosphere?
"I do not care about the stadium," De Bruyne said. – I care about the team we play. Everyone talks about the stadium as if it's something special. Everyone has a stadium. Everyone has a fan. They will be ready for it. It will probably be a little bit more excited, but in the end it is a football stadium. If they go to Wembley with 80,000 or there with 62,000, it will be the same. It will be a tough match, but I think we will be fine. "
De Bruyne's focus and his teammates at Tottenham were obvious after winning the FA Cup final, winning Brighton and securely holding a four-time honest quest. But Bruyne explained that as soon as they returned to the Wembley attic, she turned to the next step in this ambitious campaign.
"It's about focusing on Tuesday," he said. Most of the players were already ready for the massage. We know that Spurs have been resting and trying to be ready. We have to take every hour we can. "This Manchester City machine does everything it can to keep it tuned up. – Every game from now on will be like this. Eighty or 90% of the time we will have fewer days to rest. "
Directly thinking of a Belgian who thinks equally, he believes there is no point in thinking of a fourfold. – Do you know how difficult the schedule is? I think people underestimate how this happens quickly. You can not think about it. We do not even have time to rest, so how do we think about what's going to happen for four weeks? We will only play on Tuesday and hope to play a good game. "
The city remains in London to reduce disturbances in this key period of the season. Any detail that could affect the physical form of the player and the amount of rest and recovery of the game is taken into account. "If you follow us every day and come to each game, I think you can appreciate it because you know all the ways that come and prepare," De Bruyne said. "That's what we do, what we love to do and we hope we can play all the games by the end of the year because that means we're in the final."
Their victory over 22 victories in the past 23 games brings inherent trust. "Not bad," De Bruyne thought. "We have to move forward, because in the end, if we fail, you will stand here and say that we have not succeeded."
In his opinion, there is no comparison and nothing can be learned from Liverpool's knockout from the last year's all-English Champions League, when City was beaten in the first match and never recovered. – Different team, different years, different players. Last year we had a great season. We did not finish the quarterfinals and that is it. "
Although City was not the brightest during a very professional job against Brighton, they know they have more gears and more opportunities to use against Tottenham. "You can not play 70 games at the highest level," said De Bruyne. "We are always disciplined, I do not know why people would say that we are not disciplined in defense, I think we do well, but because we play more offensive than other teams, people watch it, I think our form is always there, our pressure is always there so that's done well. "
But Bruyne made a decisive hand over Gabriella Jesus in the early minutes against Brighton and gives insight into the way he thinks about the game he has taken to throw the ball on a very specific path. "It makes no sense to play that high ball, because they are probably three meters higher than all the others," she remarked.
Pep Guardiola will assess the ability of Sergio Agüero and Kyle Walker to give them the best chance to help the team at the right time in this intense hunt for the maximum trophies.