David Silva's double helps title-chasing Man City ease past Stoke

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In that context it was no real surprise when Silva scored his second of the evening within five minutes of the restart.

Pep Guardiola has played down growing excitement among Manchester City fans over possibly lifting the Premier League title when they host neighbours United in the derby on April 7.

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.

Pellegrino who succeeded Claude pel in June past year managed a single win in his last 17 league games at Southampton.

"I think we have to think about each game".

Spanish forward Jese Rodriguez is ready to step up and deliver for Stoke City as the relegation-threatened side enters the crucial stage of the season.

Meanwhile, Man City made three changes from the team that beat Chelsea last Sunday, with Vincent Kompany, Fernandinho and Raheem Sterling all recalled.

Beating Manchester United to clinch the Premier League title may not eclipse the moment Sergio Aguero dramatically won it in 2012, according to Vincent Kompany.

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Monday's loss left Stoke 19th in the Premier League standings, two places and one point adrift of Southampton, who hold the last position of safety with eight games remaining. Guardiola praised the midfielder after another impressive performance when he worked just as hard off the ball as he on it. As soon as possible will be better but now we can be relaxed, the players go away with their worldwide teams.

Pep Guardiola: "We are very close, it had been 12 months where we have collected a lot of points and just lost one game", he said.

"There are always goals to pursue, statistics to overcome, and we will carry on and then work towards next season".

"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".

"Because when you look at City's team, they are so collectively on the same wavelength". Ederson, frantically back-pedalling, managed to fingertip the England defender's clearance over the bar.

Goals win games and even without our sharpest shooter, City have them in abundance.

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.