Silva service at Stoke sends City closer to title

Esther Moore
March 14, 2018

Silva slotted in Raheem Sterling's cross to give Manchester City an early lead over Stoke before finishing off a slick passing move after the break.

Stoke, next to bottom in the table, showed plenty of endeavour but City were always in charge and Silva doubled the advantage five minutes after the break, converting after a swift exchange with Brazilian forward Gabriel Jesus.

Now, with 30 games gone and 81 points already on the board, Pep Guardiola's side will be crowned champions if they win their next two games.

Sterling later pounced on a loose touch following a controversial drop-ball and raced through towards goal but Badou Ndiaye recovered to get a crucial touch just as the England winger prepared to shoot.

"We want to be champions, it's in our hands".

Silva's brace against Stoke was his seventh and eighth goals in the Premier League this season.

Vincent Kompany is excited by the prospect of winning the Premier League against rivals Manchester United, saying it is a "once in a lifetime opportunity".

The Belgian global also warned that it won't be easy against Everton, who Pep Guardiola has never beaten in three attempts as City boss, or United, who will be desperate to stop City collecting the trophy. Guardiola praised the midfielder after another impressive performance when he worked just as hard off the ball as he on it.

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"In the bad moments, I saw how the club reacted and supported me and when I wanted to talk about plans for the future, they were there".

Both Mateo and Silva's partner Yessica Suarez Gonzalez have remained in Spain following the birth, and Guardiola has told the mid-fielder to be with them as much as he needs to be.

"We now have three weeks off and we travel to Abu Dhabi to train there in better weather conditions and to change our habits, stay together and come back strong".

"Now, I came back and everyone wanted to know what they train like at Man City if we can start training like that, so today I am giving them a nice Man City training session (laughs)", McCarthy revealed as he prepares his charges to take on Orlando Pirates in the Nedbank Cup at the Cape Town Stadium tomorrow.

Man City have now scored 85 Premier League goals this season - only 11 teams have ever scored more in a completed Premier League campaign.

Vincent Kompany expects Manchester United to do their utmost to ensure next month's derby is not a Manchester City title parade.

Meanwhile, Sam Allardyce's team are also Stoke's next opponents in the league, with the Potters hosting Everton at the bet365 Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

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