Kevin De Bruyne has labelled his start to life at Manchester City as “promising” and says he has “no stress”, despite impending fatherhood.
De Bruyne’s form since joining City has been one of the few plusses for Manuel Pellegrini during his side’s recent run of three defeats in four games, with the Blues looking fro theri first Champions League win of the seaosn tonight against Borussia Monchengladbach.
The £54million signing has scored three goals in his last three games and De Bruyne admits he has found it very easy to adapt to life in Manchester, despite it being recently announced that he is to become a father for the first time.
“It (having a child) makes me excited,” said De Bruyne. “I don’t know if it is reflected in the way I am playing but my family and my girlfriend are looking forward to it.
“It is not stressful – I don’t stress about these things. The club is helping me a lot and I am thankful to them for helping me with the house and to find a hospital. I don’t have any problems. There’s no stress for me.
De Bruyne moved to City from Wolfsburg, where he spent a season and a half following an unsuccessful spell at Chelsea. It was in the Bundesluga where the 24-year-old established himself as one of Europe’s hottest properties.
“I have fond memories of my 18 months in Germany, first with Bremen and then Wolfsburg,” said De Bruyne.
“I was Bundesliga player of the year last season and won the German Cup and Super Cup.
“But this a game we need to win. We have started badly in the Champions League but if we win the other games it doesn’t matter.
“It is nice to score goals but I prefer to win to be honest. The start I’ve made with City has been promising but I have to maintain this form and play better if possible.”
After a home defeat to Juventus on matchday one, City go to Germany knowing victory is essential. De Bruyne expects his new side to be on the front foot from the start.
“Gladbach were doing very badly earlier this season,” said De Bruyne.
“I knew them last year and they were one of the best footballing teams in Germany and were doing really well.
“But they lost a couple of players and were struggling a little bit at the start.
“So I don’t think they will attack a lot in the beginning of our game and will try to keep it 0-0.”