Kevin De Bruyne: "I Don’t Care About Tottenham's Stadium"
Kevin De Bruyne has refused to believe that Tottenham have gained an advantage over Manchester City because of their new stadium.
City face Spurs THREE times in the space of 11 hectic days.
Spurs' state-of-the-art ground will host the first meeting. And ahead of the Champions League quarter-final first leg, De Bruyne reckons their new home won't influence the game.
"I don't care about the stadium," the Belgium international said.
"I care about the team we play. Everybody talks about the stadium like it's something special. Everybody has a stadium. Everybody has supporters.
"They'll be up for it. They'll probably be a little bit more excited but in the end it's a stadium with supporters. If they go to Wembley with 80,000 or there with 62,000, it's going to be the same.
"It'll be a tough game but I think we'll be all right."
Tottenham finally opened the doors to their new stadium last Wednesday against Crystal Palace, and they got off to a winning start.
They beat Palace 2-0 with Heung-min Son and Christian Eriksen getting on the score-sheet.
City face Spurs next and De Bruyne is ready for the challenge: "It's about focusing on Tuesday. Most of the players have had a massage already to be ready. We know Spurs have had a rest and we try to be ready. We have to take every hour we can.
"Every game from now until the end is going to be like this. Eighty or 90% of the time we'll have fewer rest days."
The return leg goes down next Wednesday. City then entertain Spurs the following Saturday in the Premier League.
City are still fighting on three fronts this season as they attempt to achieve an unprecedented quadruple.
They won the League Cup, they've secured a spot in the FA Cup final and remain in the thick of the action in both the Premier League and Champions League.