Pep singles out Man City star for praise

English Premier League

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola reserved special praise for one of his stars after their 3-0 victory over Leeds United on Saturday.

The Citizens reclaimed top spot in the Premier League with a 4-0 thrashing of relegation-threatened Leeds at a hostile Elland Road.

While the defending champions scored four goals on the night, Guardiola was full of praise for his defence, including Spain international Aymeric Laporte.

Read: Man City move top with Leeds thrashing

“We knew coming here the way they play, we suffered a lot in the first half. But in the end we had control and could have scored more. An incredible result for us," Guardiola told Sky Sports News.

“They are so fast up front. Today was so important to make our chances to be champions again.

“We defended well and sometimes these type of games set-pieces become so important. With Nathan Ake on the pitch, we are so strong.

“What a game Laporte played, he is doing an incredible season. We have five games to go, potentially six until the end of the season.

“I prefer to feel less pressure than I am feeling. It is a long season and this is the last effort.”

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