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Victory in the Uefa Champions League would change Man City’s perspective, claims Kevin De Bruyne

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Kevin De Bruyne believes Manchester City win the Champions League would change “the perspective” on how the club is perceived.

City have won 13 major trophies since 2011 but they have not tasted glory in Europe’s elite club competition.

They were beaten as semi-finalists in 2015/16 and, after three consecutive eliminations in the quarter-finals, reached their maiden Champions League final last year, beating Chelsea 1-0.

They go into the semi-final second leg on Wednesday real Madrid led the tie 4-3, and De Bruyne said at a pre-match press conference: “I think it (winning the competition) would change the perspective from the outside.

“Of course as a player you want to win the trophies and you want to win these. But I think the fact that we fought for many years and got to the final stages means we did really well.

“It’s a cup competition and the quality is very high, so it’s very, very difficult to win and there are different circumstances that happen.

“I think in the end if you look back at our performance, or I played with the team for seven years, we did really well. But obviously we didn’t win it, and I think winning would only change that little narrative.”

The Belgium midfielder added: “I think we’re on a very good path. Obviously, the fact that we haven’t won it yet is probably the only criticism we can get.

“I think, by the way, we have been there many times and we have always fought to win this competition. So the consistency we have as a club has been amazing, I think as good as anyone. But we just have to try to get over the line and tomorrow is another step.”

The 2015/16 semi-final was also against Real, who won the second leg 1-0 at home after a 0-0 draw in the first leg and followed that up with two more triumphs for the second time in three years, in 2017 and 2018.

De Bruyne, who was at City in his first season at the time, said: “I think we’re in better shape now.

“I think I remember when we played that game we didn’t have the best end of the season and Madrid were the powerhouse at the time. I know we ended up losing 1-0 to an own goal, but I think it was quite a boring game if I remember correctly.

“I think we’re in a different form at the moment, I think we’re better positioned as a team, we’re playing better and I think we have more experience at this stage so hopefully we’ll be better prepared.”

De Bruyne opened the scoring early and set up Gabriel Jesus only to double City’s lead shortly afterwards in last week’s vibrant first leg.

Kevin De Bruyne has had an excellent season with Manchester City (John Walton/PA).

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The 30-year-old, who was later kept on the bench by boss Pep Guardiola for Saturday’s 4-0 Premier League win at Leeds, was asked if he was currently in the best form of his career, with De Bruyne saying: “You guys can tell me, I don’t know.

“The first few months (of the season) were really tough (when he was injured), I never felt the pain I was in then. I tried to come back but I had ankle pain every day and I didn’t really enjoy it. I would say mentally it was hard to get over that too.

“But once the pain went away after a few months I felt more secure in myself and my body to go back to where I think I belong and now I’m playing all these games and I’m playing week in and week out I feel back to the level I was before.

“Is there a big difference from before? I do not know. I’m just trying to be as consistent as possible and I think I’ve done pretty well this year.”

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