Kevin De Bruyne has described this season's Premier League title race as "remarkable" after Manchester City maintained the pressure on league leaders Liverpool.
The City midfielder made his first start league start since St Stephen's Day in Sunday's 3-0 win at managerless Huddersfield, which lifted the defending champions back to within four points of Jurgen Klopp's leaders.
De Bruyne, working his way back to top form after successive knee injuries, believes Tottenham are also in the hunt and is enjoying the fact it is not a one-horse race.
"There's two teams and even Tottenham, who have so many points at this stage of the season," said De Bruyne, whose side finished 19 points clear last season and had clinched the title with five games to spare.
"It's quite remarkable because in a lot of seasons you would already be 10 or 12 points ahead, but this season it's tight and I like it.
"I like it to be competitive. In the end that's what it's all about."
Pep Guardiola's side notched their fourth straight league win courtesy of Danilo's deflected first-half effort and quickfire goals early in the second period from Raheem Sterling - a rare header - and Leroy Sane.
"Every game is important these days," De Bruyne said. "It was good to come here, it was going to be tough because they changed manager and you know they're going to be up for it.
"But in the end it was a good job. We scored three goals and no goals against, so we did what we had to do."
De Bruyne was pivotal to City's title success, but has been restricted to just eight league appearances this season due to ligament injuries in his left then right knee.
He returned to action in mid-December, but Guardiola has taken a cautious approach with the Belgium international.
"I'm getting better obviously," De Bruyne added. "You need the run of games where you play a lot because I'm not used to playing every three days.
"But I'm getting there. I'm happy with the way I'm performing. It's not the same like it was last year, but that's what you can expect.
"I've been out since the World Cup and to come back twice is mentally hard, but I'm happy to be here to play football again."