Kevin De Bruyne has conceded that Liverpool and Manchester City are under immense pressure to win or to defend the Premier League title.
Liverpool leads the pile with five points ahead of Man City and that gap would have been seven had the Reds capitalized on surprise Man City defeat to Newcastle United on Tuesday. Liverpool were held to a 1-1 draw against Leicester City at Anfield on Wednesday. The Belgian who had been sidelined by an ankle injury for a considerable period has said he is sure even Liverpool are under pressure as they chase the title last won in 1990.
"I think Liverpool will be under some pressure because they have not won it for that amount of time [29 years. But we have pressure because we're the champions last year and everybody expects us to be one of the title challengers. I'm not sure who has more pressure, but there is pressure on both teams. I don't think knowing how to win the Premier League is an advantage, last season most of us didn't know how to win a league but sometimes that makes you hungrier if you haven't won it. We are trying to repeat what we did last year and try to win as many games as we can. We will see where we are in two months, if the gap is close it will be a tight race and if it's not, it's not." De Bruyne told Sky Sports.
Man City won the title last season with records points and goals and the Belgian talisman says that they set the bar too high that they might find hard to break this time around.
“This year it is a little more difficult because teams are more compact, and their plans are probably better than they were last year. To do the same as last year was nearly impossible, we've been on a good level but it's probably below what we were last year, but we are trying to get to the level we were at last year. Last year we would have won or drawn these games with late winners, but we were not able to do that this year. That's just the way it is, the level is so high from every team that the margin of error is so small. If it was last season with the points we have now, we would be first, but somebody is better than us at the moment, so you have to say congratulations. We know how hard it is.” the midfielder explained.
Man City will host Arsenal tonight in another must-win tie if they are to keep the gap bridgeable with Liverpool.