Fernandinho vows no let-up in City's title quest

Tricia Pearson
March 14, 2018

David Silva underlined his importance to Manchester City's impending title success with both goals on Monday in the 2-0 Premier League win over Stoke City.

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

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.

Stoke made a mess of a drop-ball situation in the latter stages and Sterling went through on goal but Ndiaye just did enough to put him off. Ndiaye then turned to complain, suggesting City had been unsporting, and referee Jonathan Moss had to becalm increasing tension.

"We are happy to come here and win the game and play our style of football at what is of course a tough place to come and play good football".

"It was always going to be very hard against Manchester City because they are just too good and play with a lot of intensity", Jese said.

It would be the ultimate humiliation for Jose Mourinho and his side to lose the game and thereby hand City their second trophy of the season.

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City need nine points to be certain of winning the title, however they could potentially win it earlier by beating closest rivals United in the derby.

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

A competent display secured a comfortable 2-0 win at Stoke's expense before Manchester City jetted off to Abu Dhabi for some warm weather training.

Providing City beat Everton at Goodison Park on March 31, a win over United the following weekend would give them 87 points and mean that even with six games left they could not be caught - the maximum their nearest rivals could achieve in that scenario would be 86, providing they won all their other games.

Despite the loss, Lambert said that his team could not be written off and the loss to Manchester City does not "define or season".

Stoke did begin aggressively in the hope of suffocating City but the visitors soon stretched them by playing a few longer passes. Ederson, frantically back-pedalling, managed to fingertip the England defender's clearance over the bar.

Man City have now scored 85 Premier League goals this season - only 11 teams have ever scored more in a completed Premier League campaign. They host ninth-placed Everton on Saturday.

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