The Man City midfielder spoke about their approach in the upcoming Champions League game and why they have fallen short domestically.
Kevin De Bruyne says Manchester City are not aiming for the typical cagey European away performance when they head to Paris on Wednesday – they are going out to win it.
The Blues midfielder is expected to be in the squad for that Champions League quarter-final after sparking a fine 4-0 win at Bournemouth in his comeback game.
But he says there will be no defensive plotting from the Blues in the Parc des Princes.
City have been at their best in away games in Europe this season, chalking up impressive wins at Sevilla, Borussia Monchengladbach and Dynamo Kiev.
And an away goal in Paris would be a huge boon.
“Everyone maybe has a different view because if you get a 0-0 over there it can also be good,” he said.
But the Belgian ace was puzzled as to why City have progressed in Europe but have fallen off the pace in the Premier League.
“I know the team has a lot of quality but this season has been too much up and down, we’ve not been consistent on a good level and that’s the main issue this year as to what’s happened,” he said.
“In the Champions League, maybe it was also difficult in the beginning so afterwards we did well and hopefully we can carry on.
“I think our team always creates chances, I think we are not a defensive team, so I don’t think that’s the main issue. We’ll see what happens.”
De Bruyne was protected to some extent in his return after two months out, Pellegrini playing him in a central role behind Sergio Aguero to save him the harder defensive workload asked of the wider attackers.
But his quality made a big difference in the hour he was on the field and he afterwards felt good.
“It helps when you are 3-0 ahead after 20 minutes!” he said “I felt OK, it felt a little bit stiff but I think that’s normal.
“I’m very happy with the way we played, especially first half. We’ve got to play like that more often, but everything went well.
“It’s been difficult and not difficult. It’s not nice to watch a game from the sidelines but on the other hand you have to keep it in your head that you cannot help at the moment, then you try to prepare yourself, and train very hard to be fit as quick as possible so I’m happy to be with the team a little bit quicker.”
Few City fans have given their team much chance of getting past the French champions in the last eight, given the way the Blues have been playing in recent weeks and their injury problems.
But De Bruyne takes the view that when you get to the knockout stage, anything can happen.
“It’s a tournament, so you never know,” he said. “If the team plays at it’s best then we always have a chance and if you want to win it then you have to win against the big teams also.”