Kevin De Bruyne admits that so many “mistakes” were made in Manchester City in 2019-20, with the Blues struggling to stand up to Premier League and Champions League crowns.

The Belgian midfielder told the club’s official website: “There were so many points a couple of years ago behind Liverpool and then it got closer. It can change so easily and I don’t think you can ever plan a season on the points gap.”

“This year we’ve played well enough a lot of the time, but we haven’t picked up on their errors and made a lot of mistakes and the other teams got goals and points from it.”

“It is the difference. I don’t think too much has changed since years ago, but you lose too many points if you make too many mistakes.
Nathan Ake was brought in to help City try to plug defensive gaps with Bournemouth in a £40 million contract.

De Bruyne helps a new player settle in, saying: “He was the main guy in Bournemouth and he was playing all the time, building up a strong reputation. I think that he’s good at it.I’ve reached the house and he’s taken me out. I just could support him a little bit. I think having a bond between us is easier since we can speak the same language. Ferran Torres is the other fresh face at Etihad Stadium and the 21-year-old winger is another that De Bruyne has high hopes for.”

He said: “I did not see anything of him. But frankly, whoever comes here has a high enough standard to do well.

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