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Kevin de Bruyne: “We played great football.”

Paris St-Germain 1-2 Manchester City.

Kevin de Bruyne. [Getty]
Kevin de Bruyne. [Getty]

Manchester City produced a remarkable second-half performance as they came from behind against PSG in their Champions League semi-final first-leg.


Pep Guardiola's side, who are looking to seal their first-ever Champions League final spot, were hit with an early goal when defender Marquinhos headed home Angel di Maria’s superb corner kick at the Parc des Princes.


But, the Cityzens eventually came up with the solution as Riyad Mahrez scored the winner.


The Ligue 1 giants PSG were in cruise control even after Marquinhos' header, as the first half ended 1-0, with City failing to create clear-cut chances.


In the second half, it was a different game. Kevin De Bruyne's cross somehow deceived everyone, including Keylor Navas, and landed into the net, levelling the score in Paris.


Then, Mahrez snatched the winner with a cool freekick seven minutes later, a crucial second away goal, to give Man City the advantage ahead of the second leg at the Etihad next week Tuesday.


All in all, City goalscorer Kevin de Bruyne told BT Sport he was happy with the progression they made as a team after conceding.


“It was a game of two halves,” the Belgian said. “We started well in the first 10 minutes but PSG are an unbelievable team and have great quality up front.


"It was a shame the way we conceded. After that they had a couple of small chances. After 25 minutes we changed the way we pressed them and it became better.



"The second half was much, much better. We put them under pressure. The first goal was a little bit lucky with the way it went in, but we played great football and we did well."


When asked what was said at half-time, he replied: “Just play a little bit more with the ball. The first half, we were a bit too rushed, trying to go forward too quickly and that's not the way we are set up as a team. In the second half we tried to find space more patiently. They're a tough team to play against. The progression we made as a team was good.”


On his goal, he said: "It set up in a perfect position. It's so difficult for the goalkeeper because he expects someone to touch it. We kept going and with the second goal Riyad is good for us. He asked me if he could take it and I said 'yes, if you believe in yourself'. He scored. Who am I to say something?


“There is still a game to go and we have to concentrate on that.”



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