Pep Guardiola has insisted he enjoys the pressure that comes with City's bid to win the Premier League and Champions League following their 4-0 win over Leeds United.
Rodri and Nathan Ake moved from set pieces to take control of Manchester City in their Premier League clash on Allen Road, with the visitors scoring 18 set-piece goals (excluding penalties) in the league this season.
Gabriel Jesူးs and Fernandinho added late goals as Liverpool returned to the top of the Premier League after beating Manchester City 1-0 on Saturday.
Manchester City are now unbeaten in eight league games, while rivals Liverpool have dropped just two points in their last 14 games.
"I prefer to feel the pressure than not to feel it. There is an opportunity to do it," he told Sky Sports.
"It's been a long season, but this is the last effort. The final four Premier League games are over in four days in Madrid.
"Today it is very important that we regain our chances of winning the title.
We suffered a lot in the first half but after the second goal we were able to control and score more goals. This is an incredible result for us. That's important.
"We defended well and sometimes the pieces were very important. Nathan Ake on the pitch we were really strong. "We played an incredible game. If we could play five games, we would have won six. The Champions League final at the end of the season."
Manchester City set their fifth away record in the Premier League by completing their first two league games since 1981-82, a season in which they have been relegated from the top flight since 1981-82.
The move represents the longest run in City history, with midfielder Ilkay Gundogan saying the club have overcome "big tests" in their quest for the Premier League title.
"Leeds started with a lot of intensity and made our lives difficult," Gundogan said. "Obviously the first goal helped us a lot. But it's better than they did in the first half.
"At the end of the second half we were able to get the ball better, create chances faster and in the end it was a very good result for us."
"Manchester City and Liverpool have a steady pace in the face of intense competition and the players are under a lot of pressure," said Gundogan.
"As hard as you do, we are all competitors and we need to be able to manage this situation," he said. "Sometimes they play like before and sometimes we play first.
"But the pressure is always there and there is always the responsibility to win every game. Both teams seem to be struggling to the end. It is clear we want it. Every game is a final."
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