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David Silva double takes Man City closer to title

14 March, 2018, 06:13 | Author: Greg Wolfe
  • Silva double takes City one step closer to title

Spanish Midfielder David Silva scored twice as Manchester City moved a step closer to the English Premier League title with a 2-0 win at Stoke City last night.

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

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.

Walker shot wide for the visitors while a Sane effort was well saved by Butland, before a controversial moment in the 80th minute when Sterling dispossessed Ndiaye from a drop ball which Stoke thought they would be allowed to play after the game was stopped for injuries.

"Now we have three weeks off, we go to Abu Dhabi and will come back strong", Pep Guardiola was quoted by Reuters before the team left for the airport after the Stoke game.

"By working hard every day, every week, every game we are going to go get there", the Brazilian added.

City rack up the points.

"If they swapped managers, I think United would be doing exactly what City are doing because they have the kind of players that Pep would be able to get a tune out of, without a doubt, because he would not play how Mourinho plays".

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

Fernandinho has urged Manchester City to remain ruthless in their pursuit of the Premier League title - which they could seal against Manchester United.

Here, we take a closer look at some of the game's key talking points.

Silva, whose term has been disrupted following the premature birth of his son which has forced him to return to Spain regularly, admitted afterwards "it had been good for him to play".

Stoke also had a bit of success when they played more direct, with one long punt upfield from Jack Butland ending up with Kyle Walker, under pressure from Jesé Rodríguez, almost scoring a spectacular own goal.

"It is always a complicated here, but we put in a solid performance and controlled the game and didn't concede a goal". They are brilliant in their attacking, but also they are brilliant in their defending off the back of their attacking.

Their next challenge will come on March 31 when they face Everton at Goodison Park.

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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