Manchester City midfielder Kevin De Bruyne believes that the club does not need to win the Champions League to be considered successful, adding that he believes that the European competition does not demand the same level of consistency in order to be victorious in the Premier League.
“I don’t agree that we have to win the Champions League to be a success. It is a big title to win but in the Champions League you don’t need to have the consistency that you need in the league,” De Bruyne said, according to the BBC.
“We were great for the whole year, maybe a bit less against Liverpool, and so we were out. It is a tournament, you need to be good at the right time.
“In the league if you have a bad spell then you are running behind. It is a different prospect, cup games are different to a league.”
De Bruyne noted the offseason that Liverpool had in strengthening their squad.
“The main focus is on us. The other teams are always going to push us, Liverpool did what we did last year. They have spent a lot of money but wisely,” De Bruyne added.
“They needed some additions and they have got them in the right places. They saw that they had to up the level to come closer to us and we are trying to maintain what we have done last year.
“It will be a good battle between the top sides.”