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Laporte desperate for ‘missing’ Champions League success

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Aymeric Laporte is determined to further decorate his Manchester City CV with a Champions League winners’ medal this season.

Manchester City defender Aymeric Laporte has enjoyed considerable success ever since joining the club from Athletic Bilbao.

Not even two full years have elapsed since he arrived at Etihad and he has already won six major trophies, including back-to-back Premier League titles and FA Cup.

However, Laporte’s successes have been limited to domestic competitions. And not just Laporte’s, Pep Guardiola’s too.

Guardiola has been unsuccessful in guiding the team to Champions League glory, something for which he often draws criticism even from the fans.

This season, however, they look to be a strong contender. Having beaten Real Madrid 2-1 in the first leg of the Last 16 tie, they already have one foot in the quarter-finals.

Ahead of the return leg, Laporte is hoping that his side can make history this season by winning Europe’s biggest prize.

Laporte told AS: “Yes, [City have unfinished business in the Champions League]. We’ve been talking about it for a long time and it’s the trophy we’re missing.

“Last season, we won four trophies in the same season and were only missing the Champions League. If we can win it this year, that would be perfect.

“We’ve been very good [at the back] of late and we need to keep that up. It won’t be easy against Real Madrid.”