Manchester City's Kevin De Bruyne during the Champions League Group C soccer match against Barcelona at the Etihad Stadium.
Manchester City's Kevin De Bruyne during the Champions League Group C soccer match against Barcelona at the Etihad Stadium. Rui Vieira

Man City prepared for tough test at Middlesbrough

FORGET Barcelona and concentrate on Middlesbrough.

That's the message from Kevin De Bruyne to his ladder-leading Manchester City teammates ahead of tonight's clash at the Etihad Stadium.

The Belgian scored a delightful free-kick in the Sky Blues' 3-1 Champions League success over the Spanish giant in midweek but said the team must now focus on tonight's game to keep its English Premier League title hopes on track.

"Obviously everyone will talk about it because it was Barcelona, but if you lose at the weekend it doesn't matter what happened in the Champions League," De Bruyne said.

"We have to do the same as we did in these two games and try to win against Middlesbrough to go into the international break with a good series and try to maintain top spot in the league.

"It is very difficult. Everybody will give everything they have got against us.

"We have to do what we know how to do. The game against Middlesbrough is going to be another tough test."

Tonight's fixtures: Man City v Middlesbrough, Bournemouth v Sunderland, Burnley v Crystal Palace, West Ham v Stoke, Chelsea v Everton



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