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Stoke City 0-2 Manchester City

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David Silva has scored eight goals in the Premier League this seasonDavid Silva scored twice as Manchester City restored their 16-point lead at the top of the table with victory at relegation-threatened Stoke. The Spaniard slotted in Raheem Sterling's cross to give the visitors an early lead before finishing off a slick passing move after the break. Sterling later pounced on a loose touch following a controversial drop-ball but Badou Ndiaye recovered just in time.
Pep Guardiola's side need just two more wins to be crowned league champions.
Relive Stoke 0-2 Manchester City
Fernandinho and Leroy Sane both came close for Manchester City as they sought to extend their lead, while Stoke's Bruno Martins Indi also fired over the bar from close range.The hosts had moments of hope in the first half - Ndiaye's scuffed effort bounced narrowly wide and Kyle Walker's deflection forced a save from Ederson.But they remain in the relegation zone after failing to pick up a win in six matches and they remain one point adrift of safety.Having thrashed Stoke 7-2 in October, this is the first time Manchester City have done the double over the Potters since the 1998-99 season, when both clubs were in the third tier.
No luck for Stoke in relegation fight
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Stoke have only won one game in 2018It was another disappointing evening for Stoke as they extended their run of games without a win to six - although most observers probably did not expect them to take any points from Guardiola's runaway leaders.Stoke struggled to make an impact against the visitors and were on the back foot from the off thanks to Silva's early goal."Momentum is with us," Lambert said after last week's draw with Southampton but it was not in evidence here. There were moments of good play - most notably Ndiaye's effort in the first half after a sweet nutmeg from Xherdan Shaqiri - but it ultimately looked the David and Goliath contest that respective league positions suggested.The Potters have eight games remaining to find the points they need to extend their 10-year stay in the top flight but their upcoming fixtures are not favourable. A trip to the Emirates to take on Arsenal looms and is followed by another tough game against Liverpool at Anfield next month.Stoke also entertain Tottenham before ending the season against relegation rivals Crystal Palace and Swansea - two games which could prove pivotal to their survival.The Potters have picked up just one win in 2018 but, with the bottom half of the table changing on a weekly basis, one game could make all the difference.
Title in touching distance for Manchester City
A routine victory for Manchester City brought another three points that only tighten their grip on the Premier League trophy.Just two more wins are all that are needed and if City can overcome Everton at Goodison Park later this month, they could seal the title on derby day with a win over rivals Manchester United. Guardiola's side bounced back from a surprise 2-1 second-leg defeat by Basel in the Champions League on Wednesday and with the league as good as wrapped up, they can focus all their energies on that competition. Nothing but an away win looked in prospect once Silva gave them an early lead and their only disappointment will be that they could not convert further chances. It was also a good opportunity for Gabriel Jesus and Sterling to regain their fitness following recent returns from injury.All in all, it was a sound day at the office and Man City already had their bags packed for a trip to Abu Dhabi as they enjoy three weeks off.
'It doesn't matter where we win it' - What the managers said
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Guardiola 'so happy' with Man City performance
Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola: "We are very close now. We have 81 points, which is a lot! We had a solid performance; we controlled the game and conceded no chances."David Silva controls the tempo. He has the skills no doubt about that but in the bad moments he is there to control the game and he is an aggressive competitor."To be champions is tough, it's complicated. Our club does not have a history of a lot of titles. As soon as possible will be better but it doesn't matter where we win it."I understand that it is important to our fans to win it against United but the target is the next game at Everton. After that, if we play like today sooner or later we will be champions."
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Stoke manager Paul Lambert was animated throughout but his side couldn't find a way to stop Manchester CityStoke manager Paul Lambert: "They are as good a team as I've seen in a long time. They have gone to another level. But credit to my team, they never capitulated."Defensively we got caught for the goals but they never carved us up like they have with other teams. This game was never going to define our season. We had odd moments but you have to take your chances."The way they play is terrific, you don't really see it until you get close up, it's so difficult to stop. I won't criticise my team, we stuck at it."
Jesus a lucky charm - the best of the stats
Manchester City have won 81 points from their 30 Premier League games this season - three more than they earned in the entirety of 2016-17.
The Blues have now scored 85 Premier League goals this season - only 11 teams have ever scored more in a completed Premier League campaign.
David Silva has scored eight Premier League goals this season, his second highest tally in a single campaign in the competition (12 in 2014-15).
Silva also bagged his second league double of the campaign - he had only scored three in his previous seven Premier League seasons combined.
Only Jonas Lossl (50) has conceded more Premier League goals among goalkeepers than Stoke's Jack Butland (49) this season.
Gabriel Jesus has played 31 Premier League games without ever being on the losing side (W26 D5). It's the fourth longest run without defeat from a Premier League debut, after Jens Lehmann (47), Arjen Robben and Didier Drogba (37 each).
Man of the match - David Silva (Manchester City)
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Silva scored both of his shots on target and made three key passes during the game - only Kevin de Bruyne made more (six)Silva on how his form is so good despite the premature birth of his son: "I don't know! When I play football I forget about everything else, it is good for me to play."My private life is very hard for me but my son is fighting and getting better."
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Line-ups
Stoke
1Butland
2Bauer
6Zouma
15Martins Indi
21Stafylidis
4AllenBooked at 73mins[/i]
20CameronSubstituted forSobhiat 88'minutes
27Ndiaye
22Shaqiri
11JeseSubstituted forCrouchat 63'minutes
10Choupo-Moting
Substitutes
8Johnson
16Adam
17Shawcross
24Fletcher
25Crouch
29Haugaard
32Sobhi
Man City
31Ederson
2Walker
4Kompany
30Otamendi
35Zinchenko
17De Bruyne
25Fernandinho
21Silva
7SterlingSubstituted forBernardo Silvaat 85'minutes
33JesusSubstituted forGundoganat 90+1'minutes
19Sane
Substitutes
1Bravo
3Danilo
5Stones
8Gundogan
14Laporte
20Bernardo Silva
42Y Toure
Referee:Jonathan MossAttendance:29,138
Match Stats
Home TeamStokeAway TeamMan CityPossessionHome23%Away77%ShotsHome3Away17Shots on TargetHome0Away6CornersHome3Away10FoulsHome6Away8
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Match ends, Stoke City 0, Manchester City 2.
Full Time
Posted at 90'+6' Second Half ends, Stoke City 0, Manchester City 2.Posted at 90'+3' Corner, Manchester City. Conceded by Joe Allen.Posted at 90'+1' Attempt blocked. Konstantinos Stafylidis (Stoke City) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Joe Allen.
Substitution
Posted at 90'+1' Substitution, Manchester City. Ilkay Gundogan replaces Gabriel Jesus.Posted at 89' Foul by Gabriel Jesus (Manchester City).Posted at 89' Bruno Martins Indi (Stoke City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Substitution
Posted at 88' Substitution, Stoke City. Ramadan Sobhi replaces Geoff Cameron.Posted at 86' Offside, Manchester City. Kevin De Bruyne tries a through ball, but Gabriel Jesus is caught offside.Posted at 85' Corner, Stoke City. Conceded by Fernandinho.
Substitution
Posted at 85' Substitution, Manchester City. Bernardo Silva replaces Raheem Sterling.Posted at 82' Attempt missed. David Silva (Manchester City) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Kevin De Bruyne.Posted at 80' Attempt missed. Gabriel Jesus (Manchester City) right footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Kevin De Bruyne with a cross.Posted at 78' Corner, Manchester City. Conceded by Badou Ndiaye.Posted at 78' Delay over. They are ready to continue.Posted at 75' Delay in match Nicolas Otamendi (Manchester City) because of an injury.Posted at 75' Delay in match Konstantinos Stafylidis (Stoke City) because of an injury.Posted at 74' Corner, Manchester City. Conceded by Jack Butland.Posted at 74' Attempt saved. Leroy Sane (Manchester City) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by David Silva.
Booking
Posted at 73' Joe Allen (Stoke City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.Posted at 73' Attempt missed. Kyle Walker (Manchester City) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Kevin De Bruyne.Posted at 73' Foul by Vincent Kompany (Manchester City).Posted at 73' Peter Crouch (Stoke City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.Posted at 71' David Silva (Manchester City) wins a free kick on the left wing.Posted at 71' Foul by Moritz Bauer (Stoke City).Posted at 71' Attempt blocked. Leroy Sane (Manchester City) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Nicolas Otamendi.Posted at 69' Offside, Stoke City. Konstantinos Stafylidis tries a through ball, but Peter Crouch is caught offside.Posted at 66' Foul by Gabriel Jesus (Manchester City).Posted at 66' Geoff Cameron (Stoke City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.Posted at 66' Delay over. They are ready to continue.Posted at 65' Delay in match Kurt Zouma (Stoke City) because of an injury.Posted at 64' Attempt missed. Bruno Martins Indi (Stoke City) left footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting with a headed pass following a set piece situation.
Substitution
Posted at 63' Substitution, Stoke City. Peter Crouch replaces Jese.Posted at 63' Foul by Nicolas Otamendi (Manchester City).Posted at 63' Jese (Stoke City) wins a free kick on the left wing.Posted at 60' Corner, Manchester City. Conceded by Moritz Bauer.Posted at 59' Attempt missed. Leroy Sane (Manchester City) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Raheem Sterling following a corner.Posted at 58' Corner, Manchester City. Conceded by Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting.Posted at 58' Attempt blocked. Raheem Sterling (Manchester City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Leroy Sane.Posted at 58' Attempt saved. Oleksandr Zinchenko (Manchester City) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Kyle Walker.
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