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'We know it's not over': De Bruyne on title race and grinding out results

Kevin De Bruyne says personal experience means there is no chance of Manchester City thinking Premier League title race is over despite our nine-point lead at the top of the table.

Pep Guardiola’s men trailed Liverpool by seven points at the half-way stage of the 2018-19 campaign, and were eight points adrift after 12 games last season, but came roaring back lift the trophy on both occasions.

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And, De Bruyne says those fightbacks serve as an important reminder as to how quickly your fortunes can change as we bid to preserve our lead at the Premier League summit.

“We know it’s not over,” he told mancity.com.

“We have done it in the past, being behind that many points and turning it around. It can go quickly, but hopefully it doesn’t for us!”

A superb run of form during the winter period was the catalyst for last season’s title triumph and it’s something we have replicated in the current campaign.

Guardiola’s men are unbeaten in 13 Premier League games and, whilst there have been some hugely impressive performances, De Bruyne says City’s ability to grind out results has been just as important in maintaining our winning momentum.

“You just try and go game by game and you know in this period it is tough sometimes,” he added.

“We knew the Arsenal game was going to be really tough, playing after Brentford and the travel but we found a way to win. Even if it wasn’t the best game, we ground it out and sometimes you need to do that in this period.

“It’s not letting up the good moment. Sometimes when you win a lot of games it is the moment you slow down a bit, but we are trying to keep that level and the intensity up as much as we can.

“We have been able to do that quite a few times over the years but that doesn’t make it any easier.”

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