Kevin De Bruyne says it is a “privilege” to be in the position Man City currently find themselves in as the end of the season approaches.
City have the chance to win the treble this season, having reached both the semi-finals of the FA Cup and Champions League while also finding themselves locked in a close Premier League title race with Arsenal.
And despite not currently leading the Premier League, De Bruyne says his side can be proud of the situation they are currently in across three competitions.
“The schedule is what it is, it’s very hard for us, but I think it’s a privilege playing in all these semi-finals,” De Bruyne said.
“A lot of people want to be in our position, and in the end we’re proud but we have to go on.”
De Bruyne notched another assist for team-mate Erling Haaland in the 1-1 draw with Bayern Munich as City secured a 4-1 aggregate win to set up a Champions League semi-final with Real Madrid.
Madrid knocked City out of the competition at the semi-final stage in dramatic circumstances last season, coming from behind to win 6-5 on aggregate as Rodrygo scored twice in two minutes to take the second leg to extra-time, before Karim Benzema won it for the Spanish giants.
De Bruyne says the tie promises to be special, but has urged his team-mates not to dwell on last year’s disappointment.
“I’m not that person, what happened last year happened,” De Bruyne said.
“I think we played really well in the two games and the last five minutes changed the course.
“But you have to take it on the chin and move on. It happened. It doesn’t mean we didn’t play well for the majority of the two games, but football is about details and it happened and we’ve moved on.
“Football in the Champions League, the quality is class, but we need to prepare ourselves to be ready for that.”