Manchester City must secure victory over Real Madrid to prove the doubters wrong, says Kevin De Bruyne.
Pep Guardiola has revitalised the Citizens since taking charge in 2016.
He’s bagged two Premier League titles, the FA Cup and EFL Cup. But despite his impressive exploits, Guardiola is still yet to secure Champions League glory with City.
His side face a stern test against Real Madrid on Wednesday at the Bernabeu and De Bruyne has warned his team-mates that they must rise to the occasion.
“If we don’t win it everybody is going to say we are failures like the last five years!” De Bruyne told Diario AS.
“It’s something we’ve not won yet.
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“We always want to win everything but sometimes another team is better or performing well – like Liverpool are doing this season.
“It’s just that way and you just have to admit it. But we will just go there to win that game.
“You can’t look too much forwards and see what’s going to happen.”
City are facing a two-season ban from the Champions League after failing to comply with financial fair play rules.
The sanction has led to speculation that player departures this summer could be inevitable.
Raheem Sterling hinted that he’d consider a move to Real last week.
“It certainly wouldn’t come as a surprise if they were interested in signing him,” Premier League legend Alan Shearer told The Sun .
“Sterling wouldn’t look out of place in their team – despite the stellar names Zinedine Zidane can call upon.
“His game under Pep Guardiola has gone to another level in the past couple of years.
“He’s added more goals and assists, while his all-round positional play is superb.
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“Don’t forget he’s still only 25, so he should have his best years ahead of him.
“I don’t see the Champions League tie as an audition – he will want to put on a show regardless to help City into the quarter-finals.
“Yet you don’t need to be a genius to work out the impact of City being banned from Europe for two years if they fail with their appeal.
“Whether it is Sterling or another star like Kevin De Bruyne, it doesn’t matter what they may claim – they will want to be playing in Europe. Rival clubs will know that, too.”
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