The one thing Chelsea's Antonio Conte lacks compared to City and United

Cesar Azpilicueta admits Chelsea are in a bit of a rut

"Hopefully we can maintain that level in the next games".

De Bruyne has enhanced his reputation as possibly the best provider in the game this season with an array of assists that have helped City to the top of the table.

Marouane Fellaini has also drawn praise from manager Jose Mourinho but De Bruyne says the rivalry among the Belgians has not intensified just yet.

"I think everybody's excited to play against each other but it's too early".

City can extend their six-game winning streak when they host Burnley in the league on Saturday.

De Bruyne and City have made a scintillating start to the campaign, winning seven and drawing one of their opening eight games to be two points clear at the top.

The Clarets have beaten Chelsea and Everton on the road this year and drawn at Tottenham and Liverpool.

"This season lately at home we are playing well and scoring goals".

Pep Guardiola said he needs to win a title to be considered among the best and De Bruyne, who was named German Player of the Year when he was with Wolfsburg in 2015, told ESPN FC he is more interested in team trophies.

"At the moment, we're playing maybe a little bit better, but we're just building on what we did past year and for the moment everything is going well".

"That is the reason why we are here - if we believe that it's done it makes no sense to keep going, to stay. For the moment we have good form, probably we are up there", De Bruyne added.

That City is being mentioned in such terms owes much to De Bruyne's stellar form but the ex-Chelsea man is keen to share the credit around.

"I think if you go to a World Cup you need to try and win it", he said.

"We play dominant football and like to put a lot of pressure on them and if you can do that, it works well".

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