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De Bruyne proud of dogged City display

Kevin De Bruyne has expressed his pride in City's performance following our hard-fought 1-0 Champions League quarter final first-leg victory over Atletico Madrid at the Etihad Stadium.

City's Belgian midfield maestro provided the crucial finish that broke through a stubborn Atletico Madrid defence at the Etihad Stadium.

Pep Guardiola's side had been held at bay by Diego Simeone's ranks, with neither side troubling each other's goalkeeper until De Bruyne found the net in the 70th minute.

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And the City midfielder acknowledged the challenge posed by the Spanish side was a 'tough' one.

"They play so defensively tight and they are solid, it is their way of playing and I think we played pretty good under the circumstances," he admitted afterwards.

"The first half was tight, and in the second half we had a couple of chances and it was good that we took one."

City boss Guardiola opted to ring the changes midway through the second half, introducing Gabriel Jesus, Jack Grealish and Phil Foden, with the latter providing the assist that allowed De Bruyne to break the deadlock. 

"I made the run and Phil [Foden] found me perfectly," De Bruyne added.

"I needed to stay composed and luckily I did, it's very hard.

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"They played with almost five at the back and with five in midfield. I recommend anyone that says anything [about us], that they try playing against that on the training ground."

The strike afforded City a crucial one goal advantage to take into the second leg at the Wanda Metropolitano in Madrid, but before that, we will play host to Liverpool in a huge game in terms of the Premier League title race on Sunday, a contest that De Bruyne is relishing. 

He added: "It is five days until Sunday. Both teams have played tonight. It is a big game and everybody is looking forward to it including the players."

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