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Aymeric Laporte: 'I'm visualising myself with the trophy'

:Headline: Aymeric Laporte: 'I'm visualising myself with the trophy':
Victory at the Amex Stadium on Sunday will see City win back-to-back Premier League crowns.
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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 nip in at the last.

City have won their last 13 games and accrued 95 points, but they still need one last push to finally see off the challenge of Jurgen Klopp's Reds.

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."

Vincent Kompany scored a stunning winner as City claimed a vital win over Leicester on Monday (Nick Potts/PA)

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.

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?"

Brighton have little to play for other than pride after securing their top-flight status for another year.

City's FA Cup semi-final against Brighton proved a tough contest (John Walton/PA)

But the Seagulls did frustrate City for large spells in last month's FA Cup semi-final and they claimed a draw against Arsenal last week, so Guardiola is taking nothing for granted.

He said: "It would be nice to score and early but maybe it's not going to happen. We've analysed Brighton and know how well they defend. It will be difficult.

"If they play like they did recently, so defensively, using set-pieces, long balls, the counter-attack with (Anthony) Knockaert, (Solly) March and the build-up with the two central defenders – they are so good.

"But maybe at home in the last game they will decide to go more forward. We have talked about what we can expect and how we handle both situations."

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3Arsenal84311311215
4Leicester CityLeicester8422147714
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6Crystal Palace842288014
7Burnley8332119212
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10Bournemouth83231313011
11Wolverhampton WanderersWolves82421111010
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15Aston Villa8224131218
16Newcastle UnitedNewcastle8224513-88
17Southampton8215815-77
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Premier League Table
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Liverpool88002061424
2Manchester CityMan City85122791816
3Arsenal84311311215
4Leicester CityLeicester8422147714
5Chelsea84221814414
6Crystal Palace842288014
7Burnley8332119212
8West Ham UnitedWest Ham83321111012
9Tottenham HotspurSpurs83231412211
10Bournemouth83231313011
11Wolverhampton WanderersWolves82421111010
12Manchester UnitedMan Utd82339819
13Sheffield UnitedSheff Utd82337709
14Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton8233810-29
15Aston Villa8224131218
16Newcastle UnitedNewcastle8224513-88
17Southampton8215815-77
18Everton8215613-77
19Norwich CityNorwich82061021-116
20Watford8035420-163
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