Manchester City midfielder Kevin De Bruyne expects the atmosphere in Tottenham Hotspur’s new stadium to be little different from Wembley.

The Citizens take on Spurs three times in 11 days during a critical period as they chase an unprecedented four titles this season.

The two clubs meet home and away in the Champions League quarter-finals with a Premier League clash soon after those ties.

Spurs host the first knockout clash tomorrow evening (April 9) having finally moved into their new stadium last week with a 2-0 win over Crystal Palace.

The venue will host its first European game when City visit before Tottenham head to the Etihad for the return leg on April 17 and the league match three days after.

City beat Spurs 1-0 at Wembley earlier in the season and De Bruyne thinks he knows exactly what to expect from the new stadium.

“I don’t care about the stadium,” he told Sky Sports News.

“I care about the team we play.

“Everybody talks about the stadium like it’s something special. Everybody has a stadium, everybody has supporters.

“They’ll be up for it, they’ll probably be a little bit more excited, but in the end it’s a stadium with supporters.”

He does not think it will make much impact on the tie and is focused purely on his club’s opponents on the night.

“I don’t think there will be any difference.

“If they go to Wembley with 80,000 or are there with 62,000, it’s going to be the same.

“It’ll be a tough game but I think we’ll be alright.”

De Bruyne has played five times against Spurs in his career, winning the last three while playing for City, including two at Wembley.

For both clubs, the game will be unchartered territory as the Citizens try to go further than ever before in the Champions League and European football arrives at North London’s newest venue.

And De Bruyne does not feel City can learn much from their failure to get past Liverpool at this stage last season.

“Different team, different year, different players.

“Last year we had a great season, but we didn’t make it beyond the quarter-finals and that’s it.”


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