Kevin De Bruyne has insisted the outcome of Saturday’s Champions League final against Inter Milan will not define his career – but is desperate for a happier experience than two years ago.
“That is football,” De Bruyne said about the 2021 final. “I have never broken anything in my life and I come out of the Champions League final with a broken nose, a broken eye socket and concussion. It happens. There is nothing more I can do. I wished it was better but it wasn’t.”
Asked if City needed to win the European Cup to be remembered as a great team, De Bruyne added: “Most of the guys have been incredible anyway. Will it help? Yes. But one 90 minutes doesn’t define a career. I am on around 700 games. One 90 minutes out of 700 doesn’t define my career. But obviously it helps.
“There was belief anyway [City could win the treble] but there was no point talking about it before. We know now. I want to win the Champions League and I want to win the treble but we were getting ready to win the game [against United]. We should enjoy next week and hopefully we can perform the best we can.”
When is it?
This year’s Champions League final will take place on Saturday, June 10. Kick-off is set for 8pm (BST), 10pm local time.
How can I watch in the UK?
Coverage of the final in the UK is on BT Sport 1 HD. You can also watch in ultra-high definition on BT Sport Ultimate. BT Sport is also making the match free to view on its YouTube channel.
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How can I watch in the US?
In the United States, the Champions League final will be shown on CBS and CBS Sports Network.
Where is it taking place?
The Champions League final will be held at Istanbul’s Ataturk Olympic Stadium. It will be the second Champions League final to be staged there, with few needing reminding of the first – Liverpool beating AC Milan on penalties having trailed 3-0 at half-time back in 2005. The “Miracle of Istanbul” is one of the most sensational comebacks in the competition’s history.
Who are the current champions?
Real Madrid defeated Liverpool 1-0 in Paris last year thanks to a Vinicius Junior second-half strike. It was the club’s 14th triumph in the competition, extending their own record. On the back of that victory, Carlo Ancelotti became the first coach to win the European Cup four times. He is also the only one to have taken a team to five finals, but was denied the opportunity to reach a sixth after his side lost to City in this year’s semi-final.
Who are the experts saying will win?
It is going to be a great game. I think Manchester City are going to win.
I think City are always the favourites for everything.
What are the latest odds?
Manchester City 2/9
Inter Milan 15/4