Manchester City midfielder Kevin De Bruyne says the overall quality of Premier League teams is increasing year after year.
Manchester City currently sit in second place in the league, five points behind surprise challengers Arsenal.
The prevailing narrative is that City haven’t been as impressive this season as they have been previously. Kevin De Bruyne, however, says the competition is simply getting tougher.
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“It’s been fine this year, the league has changed a bit,” Kevin De Bruyne said.
“The lower teams are able to spend more money and buy better players, all teams have so much quality.
“I feel like all 20 teams have so much quality and I think the level of difficulty of beating all these teams is getting tougher and tougher. We are second in the league, we are in three competitions, so I think if you are comparing to a lot of different years I don’t feel too different.”
The Champions League plays a fascinating role in this years’ title race. Arsenal will hope City go deep in Europe so there’s more chance of them dropping points in the league. Although, if City continue in the same vein as Tuesday’s whopping 7-0 win over Leipzig, it may only add to their momentum.
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One assumes City will prioritise the Champions League if it comes down to it, because it’s the one trophy they haven’t won. Kevin De Bruyne is aware of the narrative, but doesn’t define success on whether or not they won.
“If you care about the noise, then it’s going to annoy people a little bit. We’ve not won it, but we’ve done really well in the Champions League, although I know people base everything on only winning.”