Monday 24 October 2016

Kevin De Bruyne: 'City have to beat Sunderland'

Kevin de Bruyne
Kevin de Bruyne

Manchester City are determined to end a two-game losing streak against Sunderland tonight - and keep their trophy mission on track.

The Blues will be looking to bounce back after consecutive 2-1 defeats to Juventus and West Ham when they travel to Sunderland in the League Cup.

And new signing Kevin de Bruyne says it is a game they simply 'have' to win as they target success on all fronts.

Manuel Pellegrini's men had not conceded a goal in their five games prior to the pair of losses - and they will not want the blip to develop into anything more serious.

De Bruyne has no fears it will after City created an array of chances after the break against West Ham as they chased an equaliser.

The £54million attacker, who scored City's goal in the weekend defeat, said: "We just have to play like we did in the second half. "The only thing we have to do is score goals and then obviously we can win that game.

"It's always difficult and it won't be easy at Sunderland but we have to get a win over there. We want to do well in all the competitions."

Pellegrini may rest some of his big names ahead of Saturday's Premier League game at Tottenham but isn't expected to draft in a significant number of youth players.

Young strikers Kelechi Iheanacho, scorer of a late winner at Crystal Palace earlier this month, and Patrick Roberts, a £12million summer signing from Fulham, could be given an opportunity.

Spanish right-back Pablo Maffeo, who has been on the fringe of the first-team squad this term, could also come in if French international Bacary Sagna is given the night off.

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