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Kevin De Bruyne: 'We had to be patient to beat Leicester City'

:Headline: Kevin De Bruyne: 'We had to be patient to beat Leicester City':
City recorded a 15th straight away win in all competitions.
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Kevin De Bruyne praised Manchester City’s character as they closed in on the Premier League title.

The leaders beat Leicester 2-0 on Saturday and need just three more wins from their final seven games to regain the crown.

Benjamin Mendy and Gabriel Jesus, on his birthday, sent City 17 points clear at the top – ahead of Manchester United’s game with Brighton on Sunday night.

It was a 15th straight away win in all competitions and De Bruyne was impressed with City’s focus after many players went away with their countries for World Cup qualifiers.

“They played defensive and we had to be patient. That’s what we did and I was happy for Mendy to break the deadlock,” he told mancity.com.

“I thought we were really good today. Especially the first half we totally dominated. They had the chance with (Jamie) Vardy but in the first half there was basically one team playing.

“If you look at 90 minutes it was 2-0. I think we deserved more goals. After an international break, that’s really well done by the team.

“I came back on Tuesday after the game and trained on Thursday and half the team trained yesterday.

“All we can do is rest up, be ready for the games and the manager chooses the players who have been here the longest.

“They were better than us in terms of chances, and they got the win”
- Ayoze Perez

“When you win the game it’s always the right pick. The team did really well and I am really pleased.”

Fernandinho had an early goal disallowed, while De Bruyne hit the bar with a free-kick before Mendy and Jesus scored in the second half.

Jamie Vardy had a goal ruled out for offside in the first half but third placed Leicester rarely threatened.

“It’s a very good team,” Ayoze Perez told the club website. “They dominate the ball really, really well. We stuck to our plan, but I think the result at the end, they didn’t create many chances and they were quite frustrated at some points.

“They could hardly get through us, through the middle, but a couple of little details, little mistakes can make the difference against a very good team.

“So, we paid for it and it’s a shame because we were doing quite well. We knew we were going to have our chances, but at the end, they were better than us in terms of chances, and they got the win.”

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3Leicester CityLeicester31175955371856
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Premier League Table
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Manchester CityMan City33245469244577
2Manchester UnitedMan Utd32199464352966
3Leicester CityLeicester31175955371856
4Chelsea321510750311955
5West Ham UnitedWest Ham32167953421155
6Tottenham HotspurSpurs331581056381853
7Liverpool32158954381653
8Everton31147104340349
9Arsenal32137124436846
10Leeds UnitedLeeds32144145050046
11Aston Villa31135134435944
12Wolverhampton WanderersWolves32118133241-941
13Crystal Palace31108133352-1938
14Southampton32106164058-1836
15Newcastle UnitedNewcastle3298153553-1835
16Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton32713123338-534
17Burnley3289152645-1933
18Fulham33512162543-1827
19West Bromwich AlbionWest Brom3159172859-3124
RSheffield UnitedSheff Utd3242261756-3914
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