Every Man City player wants to win the title at Utd, says Kevin De Bruyne

Every Man City player wants to win the title at Utd, says Kevin De Bruyne

Kevin De Bruyne has admitted Manchester City want to become Premier League champions against neighbours Manchester United when they meet at the Etihad Stadium on 7 April.

Pep Guardiola’s men presently lead the championship by 16 points with eight matches remaining, meaning they effectively need six more points – or two wins – to secure a fifth top division crown.

As fate would have it, their second league game on will be with the Red Devils, and De Bruyne, the favourite to be named PFA Players’ Player of the Year, has confessed his teammates are thinking about that encounter but warns they must not get carried away with a trip to Goodison Park before.

“I think all of City would like that – to try and win that game for the title,” he said, via Sky Sports.

“But if it’s not, it’s not. To go to Everton is a very hard game, we know that. They are probably already safe, so we will see.

“But it seems so long now to that game. I just hope everybody comes back healthy to play the last part.”

Premier League history in sight

There’s no question Guardiola’s side have been far and away the most impressive this term: no team has scored more (85 goals) and conceded less (20). These numbers aside, there are a number of records City can break, which surely keeps them focused.

With 81 points in the bag, they are 15 points away from surpassing Chelsea’s record points tally of 95 which was set under Jose Mourinho during the 2004/05 campaign, and with 24 more points to play for they could become the first Premier League side to break the 100 points barrier.

And they’re also 19 goals away from holding the record for most goals scored in a single Premier League season – the current best is 103 managed by Chelsea under Carlo Ancelotti in 2009/10.

If both City and United win their next league matches, and the blue half of Manchester take all three points in their showdown, then City’s points gap to Jose Mourinho’s team will be 19 – the biggest points difference at the end of a Premier League season is 18, set by United in 1999/2000.

Celebrating the championship on 7 April will also see them become the earliest Premier League champions, beating Manchester United’s record (set on April 14, 2001) by a week

Also, if City managed to win five of their last eight games, they’ll smash Chelsea’s record of most wins in a Premier League season (30) – set last season under Antonio Conte.

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