Manchester City midfielder Kevin De Bruyne has claimed that he and his team-mates will not be phased by Tottenham Hotspur’s new stadium.
Spurs officially opened their new home last Wednesday evening when they beat Crystal Palace 2-0 in the Premier League courtesy of goals from Heung-min Son and Christian Eriksen.
The 62,062 capacity seater arena is the second largest club stadium in England with only Old Trafford being able to hold more supporters.
Manchester City travel to N17 tomorrow evening when they will do battle in the first leg of the Champions League quarter-final.
De Bruyne has tried to play down the importance of Tottenham’s new surroundings by claiming that it is just another stadium filled with supporters.
The Belgian’s comments are no doubt pre-meditated to try and antagonise the Spurs fans ahead of the fixture which sees City still on course for an unprecedented quadruple after they booked their place in the FA Cup final at the weekend.
“I don’t care about the stadium,” he told the Standard. “I care about the team we play.
“Everybody talks about the stadium like it’s something special. Everybody has a stadium. Everybody has supporters. They’ll be up for it.
“I don’t think there will be any difference. They’ll probably be a little bit more excited, but in the end it’s a stadium with supporters.
“If they go to Wembley with 80,000 or there with 62,000, it’s going to be the same. It’ll be a tough game, but I think we’ll be all right.”
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