Since returning from injury earlier this month, Kevin De Bruyne has been talismanic in an upturn of form for Manchester City that looks far from coincidental, with the Belgian netting the winner to send his side into the Champions League semi-finals for the first time in the club’s history.
With his reinvigorating presence in the side, many Mancunians will be hoping that City can cause an upset when they face Real Madrid next week, and the midfielder has made it clear that this is also his main desire.
Speaking ahead of the tie, De Bruyne said: “When you start you want to go as far as possible, the main objective is always to win.
“It’s not always possible but we are here in the semi-finals so I am looking forward to the other games and hopefully we’ll play well.”
De Bruyne’s injury, suffered in the Capital One Cup against Everton, ruled him out of that competition’s final and had threatened to ruin his season, but he came back earlier than expected and is now looking to end the season with a bang.
“You have to keep your head up and work, In the end, I could be lucky with the nine weeks; it could have been six months”
The player, who has shown his versatility this season with impressive performances both in the number 10 role and on the wing, initially started his English football career with Chelsea, but left the club after being frustrated by a lack of first team football.
After a spell at Wolfsburg in the Bundesliga, he arrived at Manchester City, where he has quickly established himself as a fan favourite.
Part of the reason for his popularity is his incredible shooting ability, on which he remarked:
“It’s always been one of my strong points, not only with the right but also the left. I try to maintain the precision in both my feet.”
De Bruyne will first play against Madrid on April 26 at the Etihad Stadium, before traveling to the Santiago Bernabeu on May 4 for the return leg.