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Stones: Man City Experience Key in Premier League Race


7Dnews London

Wed, 01 May 2019 12:13 GMT

Manchester City defender John Stones said the experience in his team’s dressing room will be vital in this season’s thrilling race for the Premier League title with Liverpool.

City remain just a point ahead of the Reds and will need to win their final two games against Leicester at home and Brighton away to retain the title.

The Manchester club ran away with the title last season as they went pretty much unchallenged to a record 100 points.

AFP reported that the England defender said, "Last season the league was done by now. "It's a strange situation because some of us haven't been in this situation before.

 "I think Vinny (Kompany) said that these are the times when it brings the best out of you as a player, but him as a player, David (Silva), Sergio (Aguero) and a few of the others have been in this situation before. They know what the feeling is, how to get the best out of it.

"We've got to be guided by those and try to take everything in. It makes everything exciting, keeps everyone on our toes."

The intensity of the title race between the two clubs, with neither side letting up, has kept neutral supporters on the edge of their seats all season, but Stones has said the fact that they have had to fight so hard for the title will make winning it feel so much sweeter.

"It'll be special because it will be back to back, not because we've been pushed by Liverpool,” the 24-year-old said.

"I think it's better for the football fans in general that it's gone so late in the season and nobody has won it yet.”

City are on a 12-game winning streak in the Premier League but they still have Liverpool breathing down the necks looking to capitalise on any mistake. With their last two games against Leicester at home and Brighton away the 24-year old knows there is no room for error.

"Nobody in our dressing room will take these last games lightly and say these are easy wins.

"Never underestimate any team that's lower in the league than you are, that's when you start to become complacent and slip up yourselves.

"I think as players we go in and attack the games as difficult, respect our opponents and try to play our game."