Monday, October 30, 2017

Man City going unbeaten will be very hard – Kevin De Bruyne




Kevin De Bruyne says it will be “ very hard” for Manchester City to match Arsenal ’ s “ Invincibles ” in going the entire Premier League season unbeaten despite their flying start.

City have made the best -ever start to a Premier League season after 10 games, collecting 28 points with a goal difference of plus 29 .

Saturday ’ s 3 -2 win at West Brom left them five points clear at the top of the table ahead of Wednesday ’ s Champions League trip to Napoli and the visit of Arsenal on Sunday .

Pep Guardiola ’ s team boast a proud record of being the only unbeaten team in England ’ s top four divisions but De Bruyne said it was unlikely they would match the Arsenal team of 2003 -2004, who did not lose a single match.

“ To go unbeaten ? Well , it’ s very hard. I don ’ t think it will be possible , ” said the 26 -year-old .

“ The level of competition is so high, in every team. It’ s not like, with all respect , 10 or 15 years ago where you have a couple of teams that won ’ t win against the top teams.

“ Now every game is hard and you need to be mentally there. And with the Champions League and all the cups , there will be a game where maybe we are a little bit less and maybe lose. But as long as it keeps going, it ’ s good .
“ Obviously, if you win a lot of games it’ s good for us . You keep maintaining pressure .
Hopefully, we can have two good games this week and go into the international break unbeaten and it will mean we put a lot of pressure on the rest . ”

Leroy Sane, Fernandinho and Raheem Sterling scored to clinch victory at The Hawthorns , City ’ s eighth straight top -flight win.

Victory in Italy on Wednesday will mean City progress from Group F with two games to spare , but De Bruyne wants to avoid distractions .

“ We know if we go to Napoli and win then we’ ll have qualified . That would be a nice position, ” said the Belgium international.

“ It ’ s important just to get qualified not about thinking about what it might mean, whether we could get a rest . If we are qualified , that is done . We might then have to think about finishing first or whatever but we know if we get a point or win , we are qualified . ”

Jay Rodriguez and Matt Phillips gave the scoreline a more flattering look than West Brom deserved on Saturday and Kieran Gibbs conceded City are the best team he has faced.

The left -back said: “ I think so. Collectively they are strong everywhere . It’ s tough to play against. The way they move the ball, the way the players move position. It’ s hard to keep track . ”

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