De Bruyne: I hate losing to my wife & son!


first_imgKevin De Bruyne admits he “can’t stand to lose”, with an insatiable desire to be the best providing his motivation at Manchester City and in a role as a competitive dad with his wife and son.The 27-year-old has grown accustomed to winning over the course of a distinguished professional career which has carried him to the very top of the game.Title success has been enjoyed in his native Belgium with Genk and in England at City, while a German Cup triumph was tasted during his time on the books at Wolfsburg. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? More major honours are being chased down in 2018-19, with De Bruyne revealing that he cannot bring himself to allow his standards to dip both on a football field and at home.He told Sky Sports when asked what drives him forward: “Winning. I can’t stand to lose.“Even at home, playing board games with the missus, the son, whatever, I can’t lose against them.“It’s just the way I am. It just drives me to keep going and to become probably the best I can be in football.”De Bruyne has endured an injury-hit fourth season at the Etihad Stadium, restricting him to just 11 appearances to date.Kevin De Bruyne Manchester City 2018-19He has, however, learned down the years how to cope with any kind of adversity, with mental strength and a willingness to work hard having helped to carry him from humble beginnings to global superstardom.“Yes, you need to have talent, but hard work is the biggest part,” De Bruyne said ahead of a Premier League meeting with Wolves on Monday.“The differences between players at this level is so minimal. A few changes can make a big difference in the end.“We won by 19 points last season but won a lot of games last minute. That’s the most important thing, to keep going and keep going. In the end, it’s more about being mentally fit rather than physically. There is no rest for us.“After a busy year like last year you have two to three weeks then have to come back, there is no time to get your mental or physical rest. You need to be very strict with what you’re doing as a player and the way you live your life.“A lot of people can have talent but they let it go to waste. I left home when I was 14 years old to play football and I saw a lot of people who didn’t make it, but through my determination, it paid off in the end.”De Bruyne’s desire to lead from the front saw him left disappointed to be hauled off during City’s recent 9-0 Carabao Cup drubbing of Burton Albion, but Pep Guardiola has sought to play down any suggestion of a rift forming inside the Blues camp.He has said: “If he has a problem he knows where I am, so I don’t know, really. I didn’t speak with him so that one time I cannot say what he thinks because I don’t know.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

State govt pays tribute to the rebel poet


first_imgKolkata: The state government offered a befitting tribute to poet Kazi Nazrul Islam on his 120th birth anniversary, through a programme at Nazrul Tirtha in New Town.The programme, organised by the state Information and Cultural Affairs department, coincided with the completion of five years of Nazrul Tirtha that was inaugurated by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on this day in 2014. State Urban Development and Municipal Affairs minister Firhad Hakim, minister of state for Information and Cultural Affairs Indranil Sen and poet Joy Goswami attended the programme to commemorate the poet’s birth anniversary. Eminent personalities in different fields were handed over prizes during the occasion. Also Read – City bids adieu to Goddess Durga”Rabindranath Tagore and Kazi Nazrul Islam will always remain in our heart. It is because of them that we boast of our rich culture. We should not forget that it was Nazrul Islam who preached the message of unity among the Hindus and the Muslims through his poem (Mora Eki Brinte Duti Kusum Hindu Musalman),” Hakim said in his address. Earlier in the day, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had tweeted, paying her tribute to the poet. Nazrul Tirtha (Nazrul Pilgrimage) is a cultural and educational centre dedicated to the rebel poet. The centre is situated at Action Area 1, New Town. The design and architecture of the centre is said to be unique in Kolkata and bears the signature material of controversial Swiss-born French architect Le Corbusier. The architectural language has been developed to express the personality of Kazi Nazrul Islam, designed by architect Abin Chaudhuri. At present, the cultural centre is functioning partly as a cinema hall and partly as an open air theatre for exhibitions and live performances.last_img read more