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Fernandinho: City won't ease up until the title is won

14 March, 2018, 06:16 | Author: Rachael Silva
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The 50th-minute strike saw City's confidence grow even greater, with Jesus shooting into the side netting and Sterling's tricky footwork seeing him nearly walk the ball into the Stoke net before flicking against Butland.

Silva then doubled his tally shortly after half-time when the Spanish string-puller exchanged an elevated one-two with Gabriel Jesus and then somehow got his foot high enough to prod the finish home.

City now know victory in their next two Premier League games will be enough for them to be crowned Premier League champions.

One thing that has been prevalent in this special "Shark Team" has been the outstanding team spirit that has been forged, with the players and club staff more tight-knit than ever before.

The Brazilian said: "We can not deny we are close to winning the league but we have to keep working and keep focused, as we did since the first day, (going) game by game, step by step".

Finally, City have gone goal-crazy this season, with their goal difference of 65 the same as United's points tally.

The win over Stoke means that Man City need just two more wins to secure the crown.

"It is all about progression, they are at a point now where they have scored more goals than in the whole of last season, more wins than in the whole of last season, they are only four points short of the whole of last season with still eight games left".


"I think the way they play the game is terrific, the passing, the movement, you don't really see it until you get close to it, it's a very hard game to stop".

"We're still well in the mix, there are plenty of points to be played for and we'll be ready to go again on Saturday against Everton", he said.

City's shock exit from the FA Cup, at the hands of third-tier Wigan, leaves them without a game until the clash with Everton on the final day of the month.

"It is always a complicated here, but we put in a solid performance and controlled the game and didn't concede a goal".

"I've been away from the pitch for a long time because of my son's condition", Jese said. "But credit to my team, they never capitulated", he said.

The Belgium defender, 31, said: "I'm really pleased with the game management and that's something you've seen this season".

Now 16 points clear of Manchester United, they are capable of topping United's own record title-winning margin of 18 points over runners-up Arsenal in 1999/2000 - especially if they win the Manchester derby.

Elsewhere, in the Champions League Manchester United will host Sevilla in the second leg of the last 16 tie at Old Trafford tonight.

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