Aymeric Laporte has pictured himself with the Premier League trophy on Sunday and now wants to make the dream a reality. The French defender will get his hands on the silverware if Manchester City beat Brighton in their final game of a thrilling season this weekend.
Yet the margins for error remain slim. Anything less than victory at the Amex Stadium could give Liverpool, who trail by just a point, the chance to snatch the title. City go into their finale having won their last 13 games to help them hit 95 points for the season, but they still need one last push to finally see off the challenge of Jurgen Klopp’s Reds.
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Laporte said: “Personally, I think the most important thought is to visualise myself with the trophy in my hands. That has been my motivation and something to look forward to. “When the last game is approaching, I have that thought in my mind, the vision that, if we win this game, we can become champions again and lift another Premier League trophy.
“Now, (it is) in our hands we think about not making any mistakes in this last run.” City have shown their champion quality to win their last four games – against Tottenham, Manchester United, Burnley and Leicester – without conceding a goal amid intense pressure, Laporte said.
The task now is to maintain that focus without worrying about what might be happening at Anfield, where Liverpool will simultaneously be playing Wolves in their last fixture. Manager Pep Guardiola said: “It’s better to focus on what we have to do. If we win we don’t have to look at anything else. Why should you be distracted by other situations?”
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