De Bruyne: Nobody at Manchester City is underestimating Inter ahead of the Champions League final

Much like Pep Guardiola, Kevin De Bruyne denies that Manchester City are favourites before kick-off in Istanbul and is wary of the threat Inter post in the Champions League final.

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Manchester City midfielder Kevin De Bruyne is playing down his team’s status as favourites to win the 2023 Champions League final and that none of his teammates are taking Inter lightly.

The Citizens have already won the 2022/23 Premier League title and the FA Cup, and they can complete the treble if they defeat the Nerazzurri in Istanbul, Turkey, on Saturday evening.

It would cap off a great season for Manchester City, but they will need to be at their best against Inter, and De Bruyne will also be facing Nerazzurri striker Romelu Lukaku, his international teammate with Belgium.

Romelu Lukaku celebrates his goal for Inter against Lecce. [@Inter_en]

De Bruyne wary of Inter counter-attacking threat

De Bruyne spoke to La Gazzetta dello Sport about Inter and he admires their ability to execute the tactics of coach Simone Inzaghi in an effective way.

Although Man City have dazzled with their attacking play throughout the campaign, the 31-year-old has acknowledged that the Nerazzurri pose a great threat on the counter-attack and can cause the English champions headaches.

“You don’t get to the Champions League final if you are not a strong team,” De Bruyne said, as reported by FC Inter News.

Inter won the Coppa Italia, they won almost every game towards the end of the season. They are a team with a clear identity, a well-defined form and style of play. What they do, they do very well.

“None of us believe it will be easy against Inter. Besides, it is a final, you always start with the two teams having the same chance [of winning].”

Bernardo Silva celebrates a Manchester City goal. (@ManCity)

De Bruyne faces compatriot Lukaku in the final

The 2023 Champions League final will see at least one Belgian with a winner’s medal at the end of the match with De Bruyne expected to play an influential role in the Manchester City midfield whereas Lukaku should feature in the Inter attack.

Both players have been a part of their country’s golden generation for over a decade, but they have not been in contact recently. Despite this, the Citizens midfielder still considers the Nerazzurri forward to be a close friend.

“To be honest, I haven’t heard from him for a while, since the last game we played together with Belgium,” De Bruyne said.

“We have both been very busy. Romelu is one of the best friends I have in football, we have known each other since we were 13-14 years old. This is just one game: we will play against each other, and for 90 minutes or whatever it will be we will try to beat each other.

“As soon as it is over, we will go back to being friends. And we will see each other next week in the national team.”

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