London: Manchester City midfielder Nigel De Jong insists that his club will not let their early Champions League exit distract them from their English Premier League title charge.
City bowed out of their maiden Champions League campaign on Wednesday despite picking up 10 points in their ‘Group of Death’.
The 27-year-old, however, said that lifting the domestic crown was always their top target for this season.
“We won’t be affected by this setback. Winning the league will make up for this. We didn’t go through in the Champions League, but we can’t let that distract us from our main target — and that’s winning the Premier League,” the Sun quoted De Jong, as saying.
“We are still in with a chance of four cups. We are not despairing about the season because it’s still early. It’s the first year City were in the Champions League and expectations were high.”
“But in the group expectations weren’t so high because our main target was still the Premier League title,” he added.
City hold a five-point lead over nearest rivals Manchester United going into matches against Chelsea and Arsenal.