Manchester City midfielder Kevin De Bruyne says he does not dwell over why he was rejected by former Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho and thinks his frustrating time at Stamford Bridge was useful for his development.
"If they (Liverpool) go through and they deserve it, that's the way it goes".
"I would say. distant".
With City harbouring similar aspirations to the since-dethroned Londoners, Guardiola needs his most influential player to avoid the mistakes of their predecessors and not taking their position for granted.
With both teams' press conferences occurring yesterday, there has been much to discuss - with predictions, praise and plenty of fighting talk. In both our cases that's true.
"However, it has been a first season wonder for Salah and I think it has been quite extraordinary for a player who isn't an out-and-out striker, which just makes it even more incredible".
"In terms of the way they play, if they play with the quality and the teamwork and the individuals that they have in their team, I think they're ready to take on the best".
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However, it appears that even pride is not enough of a motivator when you look at some of the performances this season. But I hope that it's a football game - we have had hard challenges in every derby since I have been here.
And ahead of Saturday's Manchester derby, Kevin De Bruyne has revealed that De Gea has also made his XI. "He's the boss. You can be good with each other but still there's distance between a coach and a player". He was not ready to compete.
I'm honest. I voted for him because I think he deserves it but if other people didn't, I don't mind.
But the 26-year-old Belgian star believes the experience taught him a lot about the downside of football, and himself.
"I can be really happy with the way it's gone because a lot of people go up and down, up and down". 'It's just part of football - it goes up and down. It goes up and down.
"In my feeling, this year there's not been a lot of games where I've been a little bit down. They play football, they have a specific way of playing and that makes it all hard, but we still know there's a chance - it is possible to defend it".
'I was only 21 at the time.
The Young Player of the Year award is for players age 23 or younger, and can be won multiple times.
"At Chelsea, he didn't play too much but in Roma he was fantastic - every game he created a lot of chances but sometimes missed", Guardiola said Tuesday.