Manchester City midfielder Kevin De Bruyne has spoken about the club’s Champions League exit to Tottenham Hotspur, suggesting it as the reason for their incredible finish to the season.
The Belgian maestro believes City’s defeat over two legs lit the fire underneath them, with Pep Guardiola’s men going on to secure the Premier League title and FA Cup.
Speaking after the 6-0 demolition of Watford in the FA Cup final, he said (quoted by MEN): “I think if everyone could take our situation they would do it without blinking.
“You can’t really think about ‘what if’ or what should happen. We lost in the Champions League, you take it on the chin and go further.
“The response we did afterwards is the way you should react. By winning the title and winning today.”
City, of course, made history by becoming the first English side to win the domestic treble, and have to be thrilled with their efforts this season.
Tottenham’s progression in the Champions League at the expense of City really did help the champions to focus.
They won every game after being dumped out of the competition, a league run which included games against Spurs and Manchester United.
Spurs have the chance to make their thrilling victory over two legs count big time now, after somehow beating Ajax to reach the final in Madrid after being 3-0 down on aggregate at one point.
They take on Liverpool on June 1 and could potentially make De Bruyne and Manchester City slightly jealous if the result goes their way.