City face Steve Bruce’s side at St James’ Park on Sunday evening, with a place in the semi-final of the competition we won last May at stake.
De Bruyne admits Pep Guardiola’s squad returned from lockdown knowing retaining the Premier League was impossible, which has only added to the significance of our FA Cup and Champions League campaigns, as we look to end the season on a high.
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“When we started the season again after lockdown it was clear the Premier League would be gone,” said the midfielder, who turns 29 today.
“That’s confirmed now. Obviously we know the FA Cup and the Champions League are the competitions we can win.
“With Newcastle being the first game, I guess this is the most important out of the four.”
De Bruyne also discussed the fitness demands of a congested fixture schedule and the threats Newcastle pose.
Watch the interview above to hear what he had to say ahead of the game, which kicks-off at 18:30 (UK) on Sunday 28 June.
In the UK, you can watch it live on BBC One, but if you can’t tune in we’ll have live coverage in our Matchday Centre from around 16:30.