David Silva took the lead in the Premier League match against Stoke City as he lifted Manchester City to another winning battle.
Silva has scored both in the second hand first half to ensure an easy and compelling victory. His excellent performance restored the Blues’ 16-point lead at the top of the domestic league table.
The 32-year-old midfielder slotted in Rahem Sterling’s cross to put City in front at the early stage of the campaign.
Stoke attempted to respond with an equalizer. However, the Potters were apparently struggling to make an impact against manager Pep Guardiola’s squad.
Into the second half, Silva had another chance to slot home past the Potters’ hapless goal keeper Jack Butland.
With the result Manchester City are now two or three games away from taking the Premier League title this season.
In a post-match interview, City chief Pep Guardiola said: “We are very close now. We have 81 points, which is a lot! We had a solid performance; we controlled the game and conceded no chances.
“David Silva controls the tempo. He has the skills no doubt about that but in the bad moments he is there to control the game and he is an aggressive competitor.
“To be champions is tough, it’s complicated. Our club does not have a history of a lot of titles. As soon as possible will be better but it doesn’t matter where we win it.
“I understand that it is important to our fans to win it against United but the target is the next game at Everton. After that, if we play like today sooner or later we will be champions.”
Meanwhile, Guardiola’s men are expected to meet Everton at the end of the month at Goodison Park; while Stoke host Everton in the coming weekend.
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