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De Bruyne: City have been figured out

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Kevin De Bruyne holding a fish: Kevin De Bruyne's return after injury has been a welcome boost for Guardiola © Getty Kevin De Bruyne's return after injury has been a welcome boost for Guardiola

Kevin De Bruyne admits Manchester City's system has been figured out by their opponents this season, but remains confident they can eclipse their achievements of the previous campaign.

City have lost four games in the Premier League this season, double the amount they did last time out, but remain at the top of the table - level on points with Liverpool, who have a game in hand.

Alongside another successful league campaign, City are still in the FA Cup, Champions League and meet Chelsea in Carabao Cup final on Sunday, live on Sky Sports.

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De Bruyne is optimistic City can eclipse their success of last year and win a treble of trophies by the end of the campaign, despite manager Pep Guardiola's refusal to adapt his system.

The Belgian playmaker said: "In the league we lost a few more games than we did last year but we are still fighting on all fronts.

"I think other teams figure out what we do, maybe, a little bit better. They maybe also have better squads. We just added one player, the rest is the same team.

"The way we play is always going to be the same with Pep, we're not going to change. Everybody knows that.

"But in the end I don't think there is a lot of difference. We've a lot of points in the league and I think the standard we are setting is still very high.

"Maybe it's not the same as last year but maybe we'll win more titles this year. The most important thing is titles. If we win three titles we will have done better than last year."

City are in Germany ahead of Wednesday's Champions League last-16 first leg against Schalke.

Guardiola said his team were dreaming of success in Europe's elite competition this season after being knocked out at the quarter-final stage in the previous campaign.

De Bruyne, however, refused to get ahead of himself, saying: "I think the goal is not to win the four competitions. The goal is to win every game and then the further you progress.

"We are happy with where we are but we want to progress in every round we play in. That's now the Champions League.

"We want to do well and go to the quarter-finals, so we are one step closer to winning it. To set standards to win all four - that's nearly impossible."

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