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De Bruyne: Man City know title race ´is not over´

SoccerNews in General Soccer News 15 May 2024

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Kevin De Bruyne insists the Manchester City players know the Premier League title race is not over, despite being in the driving seat with just one game left.

The Citizens beat Tottenham 2-0 on Tuesday in their game in hand over leaders Arsenal, leapfrogging them to the top of the table.

City will host West Ham on the final weekend and as long as Pep Guardiola’s side match Arsenal’s result against Everton, they will win an unprecedented fourth consecutive Premier League title.

De Bruyne has played down suggestions that City celebrated like they had already won the title following the victory.

“We were happy, obviously, because it gets in the place that we wanted to be on Sunday,” he told Sky Sports. “I didn’t feel like there were any extra celebrations.

“Obviously, you’re happy to win the game, but we know it’s not done yet.

“I know everybody’s talking now saying it should be easy, but we’re used to playing these couple of games against Brighton and Villa before and it’s never easy. There’s always the pressure of being in that situation, so I think it’s quite normal.”

City’s win over Tottenham makes them big favourites to win the title, with the Opta supercomputer giving them an 84.3 per cent chance of lifting the Premier League trophy once more.

During their victory at the Tottenham Hotspur stadium, sections of the crowd cheered Erling Haaland’s opener by doing the Poznan, a celebration often used by the City fans, as the result shifted the title race out of their North London rivals’ favour.

Asked if he had ever played in an environment like that before, De Bruyne added: “I think it’s strange, but I didn’t feel it from a players perspective.

“I have to say I thought Tottenham were really good, I think they played better than they did the weeks before.

“Fans are always a different thing, but I feel it’s more feeding from outside, I never thought that from the players’ or coaches’ perspective, they would not come and give their best. That’s the only thing we worry about.”

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