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Kevin de Bruyne believes Manchester City must win the Champions League or be termed a failure

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The Belgian has been influential for the Citizens, helping them win back-to-back EPL titles

City travel to the Bernabeu to battle Real Madrid in the UEFA championship this week Manchester City will be labeled failure if they fail to win the UEFA Champions League title at the end of this season says Kevin de Bruyne.

The Belgian star has been a stand out for the Pep Guardiola-led side in their back-to-back Premier League triumphs

But have been a shadow of their own success in the last two season – sitting second on the table with 57 points – 19 behind log leaders Liverpool who have 76 points from 26 games.

With the Citizens traveling to the Bernabeu to battle Real Madrid in Europe’s elite competition this week, De Bruyne believes they will use the opportunity to advance their quest for continental glory

City managed to outshine Leicester City by a lone goal from Gabriel Jesus in the 80th minute of their encounter and they will hope the odds favour them after both legs in the round of 16.

“Obviously it’s Madrid. They have won the most Champions Leagues out of everybody,” the City midfielder said.

“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.”

Man City will battle Aston Villa in the final of the EFL Cup on the 1st of March, but the Belgian believes winning the title the third consecutive time will not change the narratives of being a local champion.

If we don’t win it [the Champions League] everybody is going to say we are failures like the last five years!” he added.

“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.”

Meanwhile, Goal.com is willing to resume his club’s penalty-taking responsibility after Sergio Aguero missed last weekend’s kick at the King Power Stadium.

With the Citizens losing the chance to convert spot-kicks in the last four games, De Bruyne admitted it could be a worry: “If you win the games ‘no’ but if you lose points ‘yes’.

“It can happen to everybody, so it’s stupid to blame them. Obviously, if you miss you feel a little bad.” Kevin De Bruyne has created 16 assists so far this campaign – six more than Liverpool defender Trent Alexander-Arnold.

Juicy update earlier reported that Leicester City vs Man City ended 1-0 in favour of the Citizens as they maintain the second spot on the league table

Gabriel Jesus’ 80th-minute winner was enough for the Manchester club to go back home with all three points.

The first half had several talking points as there were two penalty calls for the Foxes that was ignored by referee Paul Tierney.

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