Cape Town - Manchester
City midfielder Kevin de Bruyne believes his team can get to Manchester
United and Liverpool's level of prestige given a few more years to
compete for the Champions League.
United and the Reds have claimed eight European titles between them,
while City reached the semi-finals of the Champions League for the first
time last season.
De Bruyne believes once City have won Europe's top competition, they will be taken more seriously worldwide.
"People talk about teams like Man United and Liverpool, with the
history they have," De Bruyne said. "Obviously they are great teams and
you cannot compare us to them because we didn't have the time that
they've had already for doing what they did in the Champions League.
"They've been there for multiple years and we've only been there for
five or six years. We need the same amount of time to compare to them in
the Champions League.
"For me [history means] nothing, but for a lot of people in the world
it means everything. That's why people are talking about Man City a
little bit less than they do the other teams.
"Everybody in England will be very proud about the English teams
achieving a lot in Europe, but we also want the chance to try that.
"If we do it for another 50 years and then we have a couple of
Champions Leagues, people will maybe also look differently at us."
City manager Pep Guardiola believes the football world would be
merciless in their criticism of his team if they were to fail to beat
Monaco, according to Sport24.
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