Laporte – important for City to go top again

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Aymeric Laporte says Manchester City want to be top of the Premier League right now even if title rivals Liverpool have a game in hand.

Aymeric Laporte says Manchester City want to be top of the Premier League right now even if title rivals Liverpool have a game in hand.

The champions produced arguably their best performances of a scintillating season to thump Chelsea 6-0 and leapfrog Liverpool at the summit once more. Since losing at Newcastle last month, City have taken maximum points from three fixtures that could have also seen them drop points, but Pep Guardiola’s side have now firmly put the pressure on their Merseyside rivals. ‘We wanted to be on top and we are,’ said Laporte on Sunday. ‘We continue in the real fight for the title, we are first and this is very important in this fight. ‘The luck we did not have there [Newcastle] we have had now against Arsenal, Everton and Chelsea. Small details. In the end the games are always coming thick and fast here in England.’ Laporte also echoed Guardiola’s belief that it’s always better to be at the top of the table even it is only a provisional place with City having now played a game more than the others. ‘You can ask anybody, it is always better to be up there to face any type of situation,’ he added.

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