GAME CHANGER; Return of DE Bruyne Has Kick-Started City and He Says: The Champions League Is a Different Event. We Can Put in a Big Performance & Win It; JOHN CROSS Sees the Return of Kevin De Bruyne Give City a New Dimension Ahead of Champions League Quarter-Final

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GAME CHANGER; Return of DE Bruyne Has Kick-Started City and He Says: The Champions League Is a Different Event. We Can Put in a Big Performance & Win It; JOHN CROSS Sees the Return of Kevin De Bruyne Give City a New Dimension Ahead of Champions League Quarter-Final


Byline: JOHN CROSS

B0UR RNEMOUTH 0

MAN CITY 4

Fernando 7

Kolarov 90 , De Bruyne 12, Aguero 19

KEVIN DE BRUYNE believes he can still save Manchester City's season - by helping them win the Champions League.

Fit-again De Bruyne was magnificent as he scored on his return from injury and will give City genuine hope they can upset Paris Saint-Germain in their Euro showdown on Wednesday.

City were superb, full of intensity and work-rate and played the high pressing game to perfection.

It only made you think what could have been if they had played like that all season. De Bruyne admitted City have been too inconsistent in the Premier League but claims they are determined to make up for it - and have enough attacking threat to upset PSG.

The Belgium playmaker said: "The team has a lot of quality but this season has been too much up and down, we've not been consistent.

"In the Champions League, maybe it was also difficult in the beginning so afterwards we did well and hopefully we can carry on.

"It's a tournament, so you never know. If the team plays at its best then we always have a chance and if you want to win it then you have to win against the big teams also.

"Our team always creates chances, we are not a defensive team, so I don't think that's the main issue. We'll see what happens.

"Quarter-final in the Champions League is a big one. PSG is a great team and we've got to try to put in a big performance and, if we can, to try and win it."

The result and De Bruyne's return are game-changers for City and it totally alters the rC went to Bourne-mood because they went to Bournemouth under pressure, knowing that defeat could see them slip out of the top four in the Premier League.

But it was an impressive response as they were on it from the start.

Brazilian midfielder Fernando opened the scoring before De Bruyne rounded off a brilliant move set up by Sergio Aguero and David Silva.

Aguero scored another after just 19 minutes and the game was won. Aleksandar Kolarov grabbed a fourth in injury time. The scoreline was eye-catching and it seemed as if City's under-performing players were determined to prove a point.

If the Manchester derby defeat was bad and a real low-point for Manuel Pellegrini then finally - at long last - the players showed they have not given up on the boss or, more importantly, the season.

City were still in the mix for the title, FA Cup and Capital One Cup when De Bruyne got injured two months ago. …

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