Kevin de Bruyne believes Manchester City require Champions League trophy to ‘change the narrative’

Real Madrid will host City in the semi-finals on Wednesday, trailing 4-3.

Manchester City has been the dominant influence in English football for the recent decade, but notwithstanding the club’s revolution under their affluent Abu Dhabi owners, they haven’t been awarded European champions. De Bruyne, a Belgium player, claimed capturing the trophy would alter the perception from the outside for Premier League holders Manchester City, who were beaten in the final previous year by Chelsea. 

Notwithstanding their recent domestic domination, Kevin De Bruyne reckons Manchester City must capture the Champions League to enhance their status.  Although investing nearly £1 billion and earning 16 titles since being acquired by the Abu Dhabi United Group in 2008, City is still yet to win the contest.  Pep Guardiola’s team leads Real Madrid 4-3 going into the return leg of the semi-final on Wednesday.  “I think it would change the perspective from outside,” De Bruyne remarked as reported by BBC.

City, who were ousted in the finale by Chelsea the year before, can reach their second consecutive finale if they overcome the Spanish champs. Manchester City has reigned English football for the recent decade, but they have never won a European title.

After missing the last five games due to an ankle injury, defender Kyle Walker may earn his return versus the 13-time European victors at the Bernabeu. Walker has resumed training, and Guardiola has indicated that he will fly before a judgment is reached, however, compatriot defender John Stones is still out. De Bruyne is set to be the lone City player to appear on Wednesday he was also one of the XI that failed 1-0 to Real Madrid in the second leg of the 2016 semi-final when Fernando struck their own goal.

If Real Madrid is knocked off at the Bernabéu on Wednesday, Pep Guardiola’s side will earn a second continuous final. Following the first leg, City has a 4-3 edge. The city has achieved five Premier League crowns, the FA Cup, and six League Cups in the last decade, but the European Cup has evaded them. Their lone European silverware is the 1970 Cup Winners’ Cup.

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