Silva double takes Man City one step closer to title

Silva double takes Man City one step closer to title

The Spaniard put City ahead in the 10th minute, finishing off a move of stunning simplicity with a confident strike from a Raheem Sterling low cross.

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.

City now just three victories to be guaranteed the Premier League crown but they can do it if they win their next matches against Everton and the derby with second-placed United.

"And it should not, but it just feels that the game tonight will define their season".

Gaurdiuola said: "We want to be (Premier League) champions. but, believe me, before and after United we have (the Champions League) quarterfinals and at that moment it is the most important thing, focusing on the quarterfinals".

The Manchester City captain barely dares to consider he could ever match, let alone surpass that moment of spontaneous joy and jubilation when Aguero's stoppage time victor hit the back of the QPR net six seasons ago.

Skipper Vincent Kompany, who won the Premier League with Manchester City in 2011-2012 and 2013-2014, certainly understands the emotion that would be generated by winning the title by beating United.

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"It is all about progression, they are at a point now where they have scored more goals than in the whole of last season, more wins than in the whole of last season, they are only four points short of the whole of last season with still eight games left". "But it's good for me to play".

Pep Guardiola's City, who prevailed 7-2 when the two teams met at the Etihad Stadium earlier in the season, were unable to convert a number of chances on Monday.

Silva's brace against Stoke was his seventh and eighth goals in the Premier League this season. They had just one chance, so three points more.

"Because when you look at City's team, they are so collectively on the same wavelength".

Pep Guardiola's side headed straight to Manchester Airport following the game, where they boarded a plane to Abu Dhabi. Ederson, frantically back-pedalling, managed to fingertip the England defender's clearance over the bar.

Now 16 points clear of Manchester United, they are capable of topping United's own record title-winning margin of 18 points over runners-up Arsenal in 1999/2000 - especially if they win the Manchester derby.