Silva double earns title-chasing Man City 2-0 win at Stoke

The Pep Guardiola side are targeting a record finish, now standing with 81 points and needing just two more wins to be crowned league champions.

David Silva's outstanding performance against Stoke City last night, in a season of so many of them from Manchester City players, was put into perspective after the game when he spoke of the family issues that have dominated his life since late a year ago.

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. The midfielder's shot was deflected narrowly wide off the heel of Fernandinho's boot.

He doubled the advantage five minutes into the second half, lobbing Jack Butland from Gabriel Jesus' headed feed.

Stoke manager Paul Lambert was keen to take positives from a game in which his side could have lost more heavily were it not for some resolute defending.

City is off for some warm-weather training in Abu Dhabi amid a three-week break that arose from its unexpected loss to Wigan in the FA Cup last month.

David Silva has revealed how Manchester City's Premier League title chase is helping him stay focused during a hard time off the field.

It was left for Silva to finish, over the body of Butland as the goalkeeper rushed out, capping a performance that was all the more remarkable given the Spaniard has recently been returning to his homeland on a regular basis to spend time with his new-born son.

"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".

The Potters suffered their biggest defeat of the season in the reverse of this fixture, going down 7-2 at the Etihad Stadium in October, and since that loss they've won jus four of their 22 games played, those victories coming away at Watford, and home to Swansea, West Brom, and Huddersfield.

"Normally the players with his ability maybe you think he's not a huge competitor, a fighter or helping the team defensively", Guardiola said. Fernandinho also forced a good save from Butland from the edge of the area.

Silva has now scored six goals in his last four away Premier League appearances, having scored only one in the previous three.

But it was a tough night for Jese, who was forced to chase too many long balls and was comfortably shackled by experienced duo Vincent Kompnay and Nicolas Otamendi.

The visitors quickly got into their rhythm and a crisp passing move on 10 minutes opened up the Stoke defence and brought the opening goal.

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

  • Julie Sanders