Kevin de Bruyne has noted that winning the Premier League by beating Manchester United on Saturday would be an “historic” moment in the club’s history.
Man United’s 2-0 win over Swansea City and Manchester City’s 3-1 win at Everton means that Pep Guardiola’s side can wrap up the title against their neighbours this weekend.
They have won 14 consecutive Premier League game at home this season; the last time they dropped points at home was against Everton in August.
And De Bruyne, speaking after the win at Goodison Park, spoke effusively of the prospect of winning the title with Jose Mourinho in the opposite dugout.
“We are going to relish this position,” he said.
“These are the games you play the whole season for. It would be wonderful, something different – you know how it goes between them, you know the history, so it would be historic.
“The sooner we do it, the better. Then we can focus on other games. It’s a tough run. We play Liverpool, United, Liverpool again and then Tottenham (Hotspur). It’s pretty impressive, eh?”
The task that falls upon United is gargantuan. City haven’t looked like losing at home in the league even once this season, streaming gracefully across the Ethiad turf against bewildered opposition, the sheer speed and precision of their play enough to swipe them to one side. How do you stop them? More importantly, how do you stop a team like that with the greatest incentive of all on Saturday?
But if anyone can, it will be Mourinho. The 55-year-old has a habit of spoiling a party, of snatching the narrative and moulding it around his image, painting everything in a darker shade of Mourinho.
And while City play the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final with Liverpool on Wednesday – a much bigger game in the context of their season – the Portuguese has all week on the training ground to plot a way to send the champions a message ahead of next season.