Kevin De Bruyne believes City's games against the top six will determine how the title race pans out.
Echoing his manager's sentiments in an interview with CityTV, ahead of the Blues' crucial Premier League clash against his former club Chelsea on Sunday, De Bruyne reflected on the season so far - on a personal and collective level - and shared his thoughts on the Blues' hunt for four trophies.
"It's been good," he stated. "We're in a good position in the league - obviously we want to be first - and for the rest, we are there. We've been busy and we're doing well!
"Last year, the standard was so high and it had never been done before. To repeat that would be almost impossible - we only lost 14 points in 38 games, which was unbelievable.
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"Liverpool are probably at the same place as we were last year. We are a little below that but if we win every game from now on, we will have 98 points, which would also have been a record last year.
"That says enough about how we're doing but obviously, when another team does better than you, you look a little bit worse.
"When the title race is closer, big games come to the front. Last year, if you win most of the 'lower' games - so to speak - you had won it.
"This season, the level and standard is so high of every team. It's more tight so the games against the direct opponents will make the difference."
Watch KDB's full interview above...