Kevin De Bruyne has admitted that Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City will be seen as failures if they fail in their aspiration to win the UEFA Champions League this season. The Citizens head to the Santiago Bernabeu to face Real Madrid in the first leg of their R16 tie on Wednesday.
This is coming amid the possible two-year ban that has been handed to the side by UEFA after serious breaches of Financial Fair Play regulations.
Man City are appealing against the ruling although this could be their last chance to win the UCL under Pep Guardiola. The UCL title is a priority at the Etihad but has been very difficult for them to come by.
“If we don’t win it [the Champions League] everybody is going to say we are failures like the last five years!” he said.
“It’s something we’ve not won yet. 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.”
Man City go into the game against the 13-time European champions, having failed to progress past the semi-finals of the UCL.
De Bruyne added: “Obviously it’s Madrid. They have won the most Champions Leagues out of everybody.
“But I think we will go there to try to play our game like we always do and try to play offensive football, try to put them under pressure, try to have a good game and, if we can, win.”