Manchester City star Kevin De Bruyne says his side are battling Liverpool for the Premier League title this season after releasing the trophy from last season’s Jurgen Klopp.
City failed to build a strong title defense in 2019-20 as Liverpool set an exciting pace on their way to claiming an 18-point win over De Bruyne’s men in second place.
After Liverpool started the 2020/21 season with two straight wins, City started the season in their own right on Monday when De Bruyne scored after beating Wolves 3-1.
“I think we played very well,” De Bruyne told Man City’s official website. “With only two weeks of practice, it will always be difficult.
But we recorded it and I think we did really well and we know that you have to start well.
“Wolves are a disgusting team for us so it’s great to come here and put on this show. We missed a few players. We are going game after game; Thursday is different.
“If the pace of the title race is the same as in recent years, it will be difficult. We want to play Liverpool. That’s sport.”
After 10 years of Sterling, City will be without David Silva for the season after the veteran Spaniard has joined Real Sociedad in an off-season.
Although De Bruyne has admitted his country will miss Silva, he is confident they have the reinforcements needed to make up for his absence.
“Whoever plays in the place of David will do their part,” said the Belgian.
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“Everyone has to play with their own quality. David is the master of tight spaces, but in Phil [Foden], Bernardo [Silva], Riyadh [Mahrez] and Rahim [Sterling] we have players who can do the job. But it’s clear if he is. Really miss.
“We have so many attacking players that I can put them on and they can do the rest depending on our opponent’s form.”
Man City’s next match is on Thursday, when Bournemouth play in the Carabao Cup.