Kevin de Bruyne admits Manchester City players will feel like FAILURES if they come up short in the team’s first-ever Champions League final.
The Belgian said: “As players, we understand the magnitude of the game. If you win, you’re a hero and if you lose, you’re almost a failure, even if you’re not a failure because getting to this stage is incredibly well done by the team and an individual.
“But if you don’t win, it will be something you don’t really want to experience.”
Along with his manager, De Bruyne seemed distinctly calm on the eve of the most important fixture of his club career.
And he revealed that Pep Guardiola has toned down his intensity in recent months.
De Bruyne explained: “I guess the whole season we have done less technical training, had less meetings.
“The manager gave us a little more breathing space and, in the end, maybe he saw it was working and the team were responding well.
“I guess that is why he and everyone feels a little bit more relaxed.”
And De Bruyne hopes that vibe will not only help his City team win the Champions League but play at their entertaining best.
He said: “It’s been one of the goals of the club and to perform on the highest stage in the world is something of a privilege.
“I think everybody understands the pressure that it has but at least we can enjoy this game.
“We should take it with a smile and take it as something where you want to perform and show your best.”