Published: Tue, March 13, 2018
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Kompany: City won't let up in title pursuit

Kompany: City won't let up in title pursuit

Stoke away is a hard place to come.

But after just 10 minutes, they found themselves trailing.

City dominated thereafter and Sterling won back possession on halfway to start the move that led to the second goal, a hooked finish by Silva following a pass across the box from Gabriel Jesus.

The draw for the Champions League last eight takes place on Friday and Guardiola will watch it live, along with his first-team squad, at their warm weather training camp in Abu Dhabi, where City flew immediately following the Stoke win.

The Blues had a gift-wrapped third goal given to them right in their lap in the 78th minute, only for Raheem Sterling to bottle a clear goal.

Stoke went in at half-time full of heart that they might find a way back but Silva had other ideas.

The only real work City keeper Ederson had to do in the first half was to tip over a misplaced clearance from team mate Kyle Walker, although Badout Ndiaye had shot wide after a moment of incisive dribbling from Xherdan Shaqiri.

Manchester City, too, had chances to double their lead in the opening half.

And moments later Jesus just failed to get his head on the end of an inviting free-kick from the Belgian inside the six yard box when it looked easier to score.

David Silva puts the ball past Jack Butland of Stoke City.

Although the visitors remained on top, they almost shot themselves in the foot nine minutes before the break - Ederson tipping the ball on to the roof of his net after Kyle Walker cleared a long ball back towards his own goal.

Silva's double also saw the league leaders rack up their 84th and 85th goals, taking them to a tally only 11 teams have ever bettered in a completed Premier League campaign.

He slipped through a flawless pass for Raheem Sterling, sprinting down the right wing, and the England forward's first-time cross picked out the run of Silva who arrived to convert without hesitation from 12 yards.

The City forward has been returning to Spain frequently to visit his family and admitted after his superb performance against Stoke that football has been a welcome relief.

City had a fantastic start to the game, playing with intensity, great passing and even better movement, and that's how they got an early goal: after a wonderful passing sequence, Gabriel Jesus found Raheem Sterling alone on the wing and the Englishman played a flawless cross into the box that was met by David Silva with a handsome finish past Jack Butland.

Bruno Martins Indi did volley over but the hosts offered little else as City eased to victory.

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