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Manchester City defender Joleon Lescott believes the club must be harder to beat if they are to lift their first Premier League title.

The big spenders finished in fifth place last season and intend to build on that again. Spain's David Silva, Germany's Jerome Boateng and Ivory Coast's Yaya Toure have already been brought in, but Lescott is sure greater solidarity at the back will be key next term.

Speaking to Sky Sports News, he said: "It's not unrealistic. Obviously, we think we can win the league but it's going to be tough, but we're no different to the lads at Manchester United, Arsenal and Chelsea and we think we can achieve great things.

"We probably need a bit more consistency throughout the season. Personally, I think we need to be a bit harder to beat, we've got bags of attacking talent but we need to be harder to beat.

"The longer you play together the more understanding you get. When you're attacking it's more off the cuff, but when you're defending you need to be used to playing with each other, and see each others strengths and weaknesses."

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