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Stoke pair Lambert, Butland admit Man City just too good

13 March 2018

David Silva struck twice in a sublime performance as the league leaders recorded a straightforward 2-0 win against Stoke at the Bet365 Stadium.

David Silva scored early in each half to take Pep Guardiola's side ever closer to top-flight honours.

The Spain midfielder then doubled the visitors' advantage, converting after a lovely move five minutes into the second half, Sky Sports reports.

The only scare for Pep Guardiola's men saw a looping ball from the opposite end almost catch Ederson off guard, only for the chance to come to nothing.

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola believes the England national team would benefit from more players going overseas during their careers.

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"He believes, 'I am strong, I will come back soon, I will play like I did before the injury.' That is not happening".

Vincent Kompany says Manchester City's squad are well aware they could have a "once-in-a-lifetime opportunity" to win the Premier League title against rivals Manchester United next month.

The Brazilian played a big part in both of Silva's goals, first playing the ball out to Sterling for his cross before making the Spaniard's second with a good pass of his own.

After winning the first leg of their Champions League with Basel 5-0, City chose to use a second string lineup on Tuesday.

Running clean through in the 80th minute, Sterling delayed his attempt to round Stoke goalkeeper Jack Butland.

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The Stoke attacker lifted the ball over the crossbar from a good position after the visiting side failed to clear their lines from a free kick, and a chance came and went for Sane up the other end - Butland again coming out on top in that personal battle.

"Now we focus on Stoke". Paul Lambert's men now sit in 19th place, two points away from safety and look set to play a full part in this season's relegation battle which sees just eight points separate the bottom nine clubs.

The Blues will go 4-3-3 (plus variants as the game progresses) with the youthful forward line of Leroy Sane, Sterling and Gabriel Jesus.

Sterling then jinked through the Stoke box before being denied by the feet of Butland, who also saved from Fernandinho.

City head to Stoke on Monday night looking to claim the first of the four remaining wins they need to secure the title.

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Guardiola said: "We've said many times before that family is the most important thing".

Stoke pair Lambert, Butland admit Man City just too good