Kevin De Bruyne reacts to facing Atletico Madrid’s defensive tactics


Manchester City matchwinner Kevin De Bruyne remarked that Atletico Madrid played with ‘five at the back and five in midfield’ at the Etihad Stadium on Tuesday night.

City were eventually able to break down the stubborn visitors to secure a 1-0 win that they will take into the second leg in Madrid next week as an aggregate lead.

De Bruyne netted the only goal of the game after being set up by Phil Foden, whose second half introduction off the bench proved to be decisive for Pep Guardiola’s side.

“[Atletico] played five at the back and five in midfield, so it’s very hard to find the spaces,” the Belgian reflected afterwards when quizzed by BT Sport.

“It was a very hard game. They’re solid – it’s their way of playing and I think we played pretty well under the circumstances,” he explained.


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