What Kevin De Bruyne Said About Bristol City During Post-Match Interview Has Caused A Stir
Nobody can deny that Bristol City gave 110% during their Carabao Cup semi-final against Manchester City.
Lee Johnson could have easily told his team to sit back and allow Pep Guardiola's side to dominate, but they provided a great attacking threat throughout - unlike many other sides this season.
It was a great advert for the Championship and plenty praised their efforts during the two-legged tie, but Manchester City midfielder Kevin de Bruyne wasn't exactly complementary about their style of play.
It took injury time goals in both the first and second legs for the Premier League leaders to reach the final but despite that fact, De Bruyne was quite dismissive about The Robins' attacking threat.
He stated that the Championship side played long balls throughout and his side should have won by more.
Perhaps the Belgian should re-watch the semi-final first leg at the Etihad, last month. Didn't Lee Johnson's team play attractive, free-flowing football in large spells?
Manchester City are through to the League Cup final after overcoming second-tier Bristol City 5-3 on aggregate with Kevin De Bruyne scoring the 96th-minute second-leg winner. #UCL pic.twitter.com/jLWaCzsejh
- UEFA Champions League (@ChampionsLeague) January 23, 2018
In an interview with Sky Sports, De Bruyne said: "We are very pleased and we played a very good game. We didn't give them chances. In the end, we deserved to go to Wembley.
"They had two chances with long balls. It was a shame they scored twice. We were very good and we didn't give them opportunities. We scored in the last minute but I think we should have won by three or four."
"The way we played (was the most pleasing aspect). We came here and we knew the crowd would be up for it but we kept them quiet."
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De Bruyne's interview certainly sparked plenty of reaction on social media:
Kevin de Bruyne - class player but what was that interview. It was easy and Bristol City just played long ball? So a team that cost millions and millions needed injury time goals to beat a championship side that cost a fraction of them.... but it was easy? Classless that.
- Andrew Cryer (@andrew_cryer) January 23, 2018
Embarrassing lack of respect from debruyne & Silva in the interview
Got taken all the way and made to look bang average in 2 games against a lower league side which cost half of agueros annual wage & they are congratulating themselves saying they should of won by a lot more
- BTTS 5 GOALS NO! (@CS_Trader) January 23, 2018
So nice of Kevin De Bruyne to be staggeringly arrogant in victory. #LongBalls
- Geraint Jones (@jones_itfc) January 23, 2018
It's a shame Kevin De Bruyne can't even tip his hat to Bristol City. Saying it's a shame they scored twice and they should win by 4, it's Bristol, it ain't Barca and they put up a great fight, Show some humility.
- Thomas Stringer (@doubtingtom82) January 23, 2018
I felt the KDB interview proved that he showed no humility or respect. The question asked on 5live was "did you think Bristol City did well over both legs?" Immediately he ranted about how dominant Manchester City were and they were always going to win. I'm so proud. COYR
- Chris McCarthy (@mccarthyhouse) January 24, 2018
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