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Manchester City could seal Premier League title against United after Silva brilliance

14 March 2018, 06:15 | Marlene Fleming


Guardiola'Silva controls the tempo

Manchester City broke the deadlock after just 10 minutes at the bet365 Stadium thanks to Silva's neat side-footed finish.

Stoke, second-bottom in the table, showed lots of endeavour but City were always in charge and Silva doubled the advantage five minutes after the break, putting a high bouncing ball past advancing keeper Jack Butland after a swift exchange with Jesus.

Premier League leaders City could secure the crown with victory over their neighbours at the Etihad Stadium on April 7 if they first overcome Everton in their next game on March 31.

Now on 81 points, three more than they accrued on the whole of last season, City are just 15 points off beating Chelsea's record points tally of 95 - obtained under Jose Mourinho in the 2004/05 season.

"Everybody in the blue side of Manchester knows it's a once in a lifetime opportunity [to win the title against United], but steady, it won't be handed to us".

The Brazilian said: "We can not deny we are close to winning the league but we have to keep working and keep focused, as we did since the first day, (going) game by game, step by step".

"It was good to see how these guys apply themselves and now (that I am) back, hopefully, I don't repeat what they did because it wasn't a good day (for Man City)".

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Asked whether the Deeney comments had fired up the players, Wenger said: "You can not be a football player without pride. But we dealt well with the set-pieces. "In the end it was a convincing win", he said after claiming three points.

Following the win at Stoke, City travelled to Abu Dhabi for a five-day warm weather training camp, and Kompany insisted that Guardiola will not allow his players to treat the excursion as a holiday.

We look at the Twitter reaction to Silva's performance as City took another step closer to the Premier League title. "We are happy for that and one more step to the title".

"You can not tell me that the players United have got do not look over there enviously at how brilliant and free they are playing", he said. They are absolutely flawless when they attack, which means they are ideal when they defend.

"They are the best I've seen in terms of their organisation, it really is wonderful to watch - and it is clockwork". "But credit to my team, they never capitulated", he said.

"If you put the two sides up together and playing at their full capacity, that would be some game", the former Arsenal and England striker told The Debate. It's the fourth longest run without defeat from a Premier League debut, after Jens Lehmann (47), Arjen Robben and Didier Drogba (37 each).

Elsewhere, in the Champions League Manchester United will host Sevilla in the second leg of the last 16 tie at Old Trafford tonight.

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