Kevin De Bruyne claims Manchester City’s gorgeous win over Paris St Germain isn’t “important” but because the job has solely been completed for half.
City put themselves inside touching distance of a primary look within the Champions League final as they went he got here from behind to beat the 10-man French team 2-1 on the Parc des Princes on Wednesday.
And but, with the second leg of the semi-final nonetheless to come at Etihad Stadium subsequent week, De Bruyne refuses to get caught up with the ideas of the finalists.
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The Belgian, who scored City’s equalizer within the French capital, said: “Sure (we’re nearer) however it would not matter.
“Now we have to do our job and play the sport subsequent week. I do know we acquired a superb end result however it’s nonetheless a hard recreation.
“It is nonetheless half means by so there is a lengthy option to go.”
City they had been pegged back within the early stages as PSG hit them with a collection of quick counter-attacks and additionally triggered problems with set pieces.
It was no shock when the hosts claimed the lead within the fifteenth minute as Marquinhos headed home from Angel Di Maria’s corner.
They’d additional probabilities however City dug in to stop extra injury and improve confidence as the sport progressed.
City managed possession all through the second half and leveled within the sixty fourth minute when De Bruyne’s cross averted everybody and bounced in on the far post. Riyad Mahrez added a moment of free kick shortly thereafter as he discovered a niche within the PSG wall.
PSG lost their self-discipline within the final stages and their problems had been exacerbated when Idrissa Gana Gueye was sent away for a poor challenge on Ilkay Gundogan.
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– Kevin De Bruyne (@DeBruyneKev) April 28, 2021
De Bruyne said: “It was really good within the second half. We had difficulties on the start and gave them an excessive amount of house, particularly their defenders and midfielders.
“After that, we did rather a lot higher and played really well. On the moment within the competition there may be loads of strain and some males could really feel it. Then within the second half the fellows confirmed that we had an unbelievable high quality. ”
City might be topped Premier League champions earlier than a second leg subsequent Tuesday in the event that they beat Crystal Palace on Saturday and Manchester United lose to Liverpool on Sunday.
De Bruyne said: “Now we have to focus on ourselves on Saturday as we play Crystal Palace very early on, so we have now to do that and then get ourselves ready for the following recreation.
“I do not care who’s favorites. I am there to carry out my recreation. I am wanting forward to Crystal Palace and then we’ll relaxation to get ready for subsequent week. ”
Mahrez has additionally warned that PSG might hit back strongly subsequent week.
He said: “There may be nonetheless a second part that will probably be tough. We won’t neglect that they’re an excellent team and they will be dangerous at home. We just have to stay sturdy. ”