Here are your Manchester City morning headlines for Sunday, 9 August.
Pep’s quartet who deserve Champions League success
City are three games away from finally getting their hands on the European Cup, though big tasks lie ahead in their bid to claim the trophy.
When it was to Pep Guardiola that he stands on the cusp of achieving greatness with the club, the manager rejected the notion and said there were players at City who deserve to be European champions more than he does.
David Silva was predictably mentioned, as he gets set to enter his final two weeks as a City player, while free-scoring and long-serving striker Sergio Aguero was also mentioned.
The other two were Nicolas Otamendi and Fernandinho, with Guardiola hailing both for their influence on the squad and desire to raise standards within the group.
Kroos acknowledges De Bruyne’s greatness
The Champions League last 16 second leg at the Etihad saw some of the biggest names in the game on the pitch, particularly in midfield.
Real Madrid’s trio of Casemiro, Luka Modric and Toni Kroos has been the go-to for years for los Blancos and Zinedine Zidane in particular, but the trio didn’t have the desired impact against Manchester City.
In particular, Kevin De Bruyne seemed to impress the away side’s contingent, with City fans spotting a moment between the Belgian and Kroos at full-time.
The German star shook his head at De Bruyne as they embraced, in an apparent appreciation of De Bruyne’s influence on the game.
City fans labelled it “classy” and full of “respect” at City having progressed with De Bruyne at the centre of the game.
Jesus points to City improvements in Europe
Manchester City have learned how to “suffer” in big Champions League games, says striker Gabriel Jesus.
After several seasons of disappointments in knockout games, City look primed now to challenge for the trophy this season with the one-game format in Lisbon.
“We know how to suffer,” he said. “That is very important...we know with the ball we are going to create lots of chances, but against big clubs you need to learn how to suffer, too."
Jesus says he is eagerly looking forward to the last eight and beyond, with his eyes firmly focused on the prize.
“Obviously, we have the right to dream and we should start dreaming about winning the Champions League. I'm a dreamer and I see myself with the trophy in my hands.
“However, the reality is different. We need to work really hard, show our willingness to go through in every match.”