Cape Town - Manchester City defender Aymeric Laporte revealed how he has already imagined himself lofting up the Premier League trophy.
The French defender will get his hands on the silverware if
Manchester City beat Brighton in their final game of a thrilling season
this weekend. Yet the margins for error remain slim.
Anything less than victory at the Amex Stadium could give Liverpool, who trail by just a point, the chance to snatch the title.
City go into their finale having won their last 13 games to help them
hit 95 points for the season, but they still need one last push to
finally see off the challenge of Jurgen Klopp's Reds.
Laporte said: 'Personally, I think the most important thought is to
visualise myself with the trophy in my hands. That has been my
motivation and something to look forward to.
'When the last game is approaching, I have that thought in my mind,
the vision that, if we win this game, we can become champions again and
lift another Premier League trophy.
'Now, (it is) in our hands we think about not making any mistakes in this last run.'
City have shown their champion quality to win their last four games -
against Tottenham, Manchester United, Burnley and Leicester - without
conceding a goal amid intense pressure.
The task now is to maintain that focus without worrying about what
might be happening at Anfield, where Liverpool will simultaneously be
playing Wolves in their last fixture.
Manager Pep Guardiola said: 'It's better to focus on what we have to
do. If we win we don't have to look at anything else. Why should you be
distracted by other situations?'