Manchester City arrive in Abu Dhabi for a winter break

Manchester City arrive in Abu Dhabi for a winter break

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.

If Pep Guardiola's side beat Everton on 31 March it means they can secure the title with victory against rivals Manchester United at the Etihad Stadium on 7 April.

Walker shot wide for the visitors while a Sane effort was well saved by Butland, before a controversial moment in the 80th minute when Sterling dispossessed Ndiaye from a drop ball which Stoke thought they would be allowed to play after the game was stopped for injuries.

"Just letting us have a flawless moment?"

"And I think the mix, with especially David, and Ilkay Gundogan, they are more aggressive and attacking with more runs in behind, and that also helps us a lot to control the games".

There'll be bigger tests to come this season, be that domestically or in Europe, which is why City's in game management is important.

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

Guardiola will watch it with his first-team squad at their warm weather training camp in Abu Dhabi, where City flew off to following the Stoke win.

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With games against Arsenal, Tottenham and Liverpool ahead, their run-in is tricky but they are still just one point behind 17th-placed Southampton and manager Paul Lambert remains optimistic.

Stoke also had a bit of success when they played more direct, with one long punt upfield from Jack Butland ending up with Kyle Walker, under pressure from Jesé Rodríguez, almost scoring a spectacular own goal.

"I missed a lot being with the boys and of course I am so happy to be back and feel well", the 32-year-old told the official Man City website.

But Kompany delivered a sharp reality check by saying Jose Mourinho's team will be desperate to avoid having to witness at first hand the title celebrations - and it could prove to be City's toughest game of the season.

"I've been away from the pitch for a long time because of my son's condition", Jese said.

The learning never stops with the Spanish coach, whose team now head of for a break in Abu Dhabi, with their fans looking forward to the mouthwatering prospect of clinching the league title in a match against their local rivals.

And making it doubly juicy for the Citizens, they would be breaking United's own record of when they won it with five games remaining under Sir Alex Ferguson back in 2000-01.

Manchester City defeated Stoke City 2-0 on Monday night and are next in action after the worldwide break on 31st March against Everton.

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