Manchester City’s midfield maestro, Kevin De Bruyne, recently stated that this year’s Premier League season is one of the toughest in recent history.
According to the Belgian, the league’s landscape has shifted, with even lower teams having the financial muscle to secure top-quality players. Kevin De Bruyne went on to explain that all 20 teams in the league now possess such a high degree of quality that it has become increasingly challenging to beat them.
Many teams found the 2022/2023 season to be anything from simple, especially those that had trouble getting into a groove.
Manchester City is currently in second position on the standings, but they have recently been on fire, winning five of their previous six games. As they go ready for a demanding stretch of games, this form will be crucial in the upcoming weeks.
The Belgian midfielder said this prior to Manchester City’s Champions League round-of-16 matchup against RB Leipzig:
“I think the league has changed a bit, the lower teams are able to spend more money and buy more quality players.
“I feel like all 20 teams have so much quality and I think the level of difficulty of beating all these teams is getting tougher and tougher.
“We are second in the league, we are in three competitions, so I think if you are comparing to a lot of different years I don’t feel too different.”
The difficulties that many clubs have had this season are only highlighted by Kevin De Bruyne’s comments on how difficult the Premier League season this year has been. With several teams adding elite players to their rosters, the league has become noticeably more competitive.
Meanwhile, Kevin De Bruyne acknowledged that this season has had its share of challenges, but he also underlined his trust in Manchester City’s potential to compete in the league and other tournaments.
Three competitions are still up for grabs for the Sky Blues this season, and the Belgian midfielder is confident that they will triumph in each of them.
🗣️ "I think the league has changed a bit, the lower teams they are able to spend more money and buy more quality players."
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Despite having won four of the previous five Premier League championships, Manchester City has struggled this season.
Kevin De Bruyne recently received criticism from the team’s manager, Pep Guardiola, for failing to perform the “basic things” during a match. He advised the midfielder to get back to the fundamentals and master them, pointing out that he is uniquely qualified to produce assists, score goals, and spot passes.
All in all, the league has become more cut-throat, with even lower-ranking teams able to spend more and acquire top-quality players. While Manchester City is still in contention for several trophies this term, it is essential to note that the team must focus on the basics to ensure long-term success.