Manchester City's Aymeric Laporte Has Set An Incredible Record In The Premier League
Pep Guardiola's Manchester City side have shown no signs of slowing down after their Premier League title-winning season.
The club are top of the league this season after 11 matches, with nine wins and two draws under their belt. As clinical as City have been going forward, they have also been compact in defence and only conceded four times in the league so far.
It's impressive stuff from Guardiola's men, especially for the role that Aymeric Laporte has played this season.
The 24-year-old French centre-back has made a lasting impression since his £57 million transfer from Athletic Bilbao in January and, well, the stats now back up that claim.
In the 19 matches that Laporte has played for City in the Premier League, the club have won 17 times and only drawn twice. It also means that he has played more matches than any other player in history without suffering a loss.
Man City are unbeaten in all 19 #PL matches when @Laporte has played (W17 D2 L0) - he has played more games without losing than any other player in the history of the competition#MCISOU pic.twitter.com/olmFQTeS1p
- Premier League (@premierleague) 4 November 2018
City thrashed Southampton 6-1 today, with Raheem Sterling scoring a brace.
"It's a joy to be [the] manager of them because they follow what we tell them," Guardiola said after the match (via Manchester City).
"In training, I try to argue why we should play this way. It's a joy and a pleasure for the staff. Mikel [Arteta] insists on many things and everyone is there to help the guys to be better.
"If at the end of our period here they are better than when we arrived, then well played to everyone."
The former Barcelona coach also praised the Saints, even though they received a hammering from City in the match.
"At 3-1, they created problems for us," he said. "Their crosses were always dangerous and we had problems controlling long balls.
"Scoring in the last minute of the first-half made it better for us in the second.
"Southampton, I felt, could score more. But at the same time, we also could have scored more goals.
"We were clever in final spaces. It is not easy. Southampton did not give up.
"I admire Mark [Hughes] and his players, they create more chances more than any other team we have played this season.
"In [the] second-half, we had more control and we have more chances, though of course by that time, the game was over.
"But before that, Southampton were there. Big compliment for them."
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