Kevin De Bruyne was left red-faced after Micah Richards heaped praise on the midfielder following Manchester City’s win over Bayern Munich on Wednesday night. The Citizens beat the German giants 4-1 on aggregate to set up another Champions League semi-final showdown with Real Madrid, as De Bruyne assisted Erling Haaland for his 48th goal of the season.
The Norwegian talisman had the chance to open the scoring earlier had he not ballooned a first-half penalty over the bar. Bayern’s Joshua Kimmich made it 1-1 on the night courtesy of a late spot-kick, however, it was a case of mission accomplished for Pep Guardiola’s men.
After the match, De Bruyne gave an interview to American broadcaster CBS Sports, with Thierry Henry, Jamie Carragher and Richards ready and waiting to grill the star on the fixture. And former City defender Richards was clearly over the moon following the result.
With a beaming smile on his face, Richards exclaimed: “Kevin! Talk to me, my friend.” He later added: “Kevin, can you talk me through your form at the moment – it’s devastating!” Evidently left red-faced by his remark, the Belgian replied: “Errr, thank you.”
Erupting into a fit of laughter, Richard then joked for De Bruyne to not be shy, as the midfield maestro gives a modest response about his recent stellar form.
Still blushing from the remarks, he added: “I don’t know. The season is so long, obviously there are moments where it’s a little bit less. But I feel good, I’m very happy that the last few years I’ve had no injuries whatsoever, I’m available.
“I think that the team is on good form and I’m flowing with them. I’ve tried to create as many chances as possible and Erling is scoring sometimes – no, he scores all the time, obviously. I’m very happy with the form and with the team. We need to keep going, it’s a tough end to the season but it’s fun.”
Guardiola’s side will play Real in the last four next month. The Spanish powerhouse beat City 6-5 on aggregate at the same stage of the competition last season. But De Bruyne is staying focused on the task at hand.
He concluded: “Last year we played really well and the last five minutes of the second game changed the outcome. Obviously everyone has a different opinion.
“This year we will try to minimise the mistakes and defensively we are very solid. I’ve got confidence in our team, Real is class also so we go again and hopefully the outcome will be ours this time.”
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