Pep Guardiola says it doesn't matter where Man City wins Premier League

Arnold Nichols
March 14, 2018

It promises to be an enjoyable five-day break in the sun for Manchester City's players, who boarded their flight to Abu Dhabi last night enjoying the view from the top of the Premier League, 16 points clear of Manchester United once again, and safe in the knowledge that they can wrap up the title against their neighbours on 7 April if they win at Everton the weekend before.

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.

Silva then doubled his tally shortly after half-time when the Spanish string-puller exchanged an elevated one-two with Gabriel Jesus and then somehow got his foot high enough to prod the finish home.

With 81 points on the board, already more than five title-winning teams, and a 16 point lead over arch rivals United, a win against Everton in their next game could set Pep Guardiola's team up for the ideal scenario to win the league.

For a Stoke side with just one victory in their previous 10 league games, it was the stuff of nightmares and, given the ease with which Guardiola's team was moving the ball around, it was hard to see a way back for Paul Lambert's men.

"Sometimes you have to hold your hands up - that's why they're going to win the league and are in the race to win the Champions League".

Pep Guardiola manager thanked Manchester City's Abu Dhabi owners for standing by him when he failed to deliver any trophies in his first season at the club.

"Everybody in the blue side of Manchester knows it's a once in a lifetime opportunity but steady, it won't be handed to us", said City skipper Vincent Kompany.

David Silva was the beneficiary of well-executed build-up play from Manchester City, scoring twice in a routine win at Stoke.

Jese has scored one goal in 12 league appearances for Stoke.

Guardiola was full of praise for his 32-year-old midfield star following the game.

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

City were without top scorer Sergio Aguero but that mattered little as they barely needed to get out of second gear against the relegation-threatened Potters.

"They are going to find it more hard".

"It is always a complicated here, but we put in a solid performance and controlled the game and didn't concede a goal".

Stoke did begin aggressively in the hope of suffocating City but the visitors soon stretched them by playing a few longer passes. "But credit to my team, they never capitulated", he said.

The runaway league leaders are also in with a strong chance of winning Europe's premier prize for the first time in their history with the draw for the Champions League last eight taking place on Friday.

Other reports by

Discuss This Article