Title battle welcomed by De Bruyne
Kevin De Bruyne is relishing what he says is a "remarkable" Premier League title race as Man City chase leaders Liverpool at the top.
The City midfielder made his first start league start since Boxing Day in Sunday's 3-0 win at manager-less Huddersfield, which lifted the defending champions back to within four points of Jurgen Klopp's Reds.
De Bruyne, working his way back to top form after successive knee injuries, believes Tottenham are also still in the hunt and is enjoying the fact it is not a one-horse race.
"There's two teams and even Tottenham, who have so many points at this stage of the season," said De Bruyne, whose side finished 19 points clear last season and had clinched the title with five games to spare.
"It's quite remarkable because in a lot of seasons you would already be 10 or 12 points ahead, but this season it's tight and I like it.
"I like it to be competitive. In the end that's what it's all about."
De Bruyne was pivotal to City's title success, but has been restricted to just eight league appearances this season due to ligament injuries in his left then right knee.
He returned to action in mid-December, but Guardiola has taken a cautious approach with the Belgium international.
"I'm getting better obviously," De Bruyne added. "You need the run of games where you play a lot because I'm not used to playing every three days.
"But I'm getting there. I'm happy with the way I'm performing. It's not the same like it was last year, but that's what you can expect.
"I've been out since the World Cup and to come back twice is mentally hard, but I'm happy to be here to play football again."
Aidan Perkins is a senior journalist that specialises in football stories. Aidan, a Liverpool fan, also has a broad knowledge of several other sports.