Marcha 23, 2018

Stoke pair Lambert, Butland admit Man City just too good

13 Marcha 2018, 07:04 | Gerardo Tarin

David Silva scored a brace as Manchester City won comfortably against Stoke City

David Silva scored a brace as Manchester City won comfortably against Stoke City

Silva then doubled the advantage in the second half and piled more pressure on Paul Lambert with Stoke sitting worryingly in the 19th position.

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Guardiola, meanwhile, will have to plan without Sergio Aguero tonight after his leading marksman picked up a knee injury in training.

Man City's Leroy Sane (R) against Stoke City in a past game.

"I think all the players, they run without the ball and try to regain with desire and with the ball we try to do our best".

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Man City's opener came as Kostas Stafylidis struggled to get a hold on Sterling, whose pace was a problem all night on his return to the team, and Silva was allowed to run into the box easily.

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. "But on the pitch, when the moment is there and the game is on, he is the guy who never hides in tough conditions when the game is not going well".

Paul Lambert will need all the help the fans can give if he is to save Stoke from relegation
Paul Lambert will need all the help the fans can give if he is to save Stoke from relegation

While their defence may be a problem, a high percentage of Stoke's chances of safety lie at the feet of Xherdan Shaqiri. "They were better", Guardiola is quoted as saying by BBC Sport in reference to players like Cesc Fabregas, Fernando Torres, Xabi Alonso and Santi Cazorla from Spain's victorious squads.

Silva still had work to do, smartly placing his shot beyond the on-rushing Jack Butland to make it two.

"I understand that it is important to our fans to win it against United", Guardiola said, "but the target is the next game at Everton". He finally did so, but Stoke's defense recovered by then.

The result edges them closer to their seemingly inevitable Premier League title triumph and restores their 16-point lead over United.

Things have been looking quite grim for Stoke City in recent weeks, and the visit of Manchester City is unlikely to improve their fortunes much.

Pep Guardiola admits he is not sure if he has the stamina to follow Alex Ferguson's example and build a dynasty at Manchester City. Second from bottom Stoke City have a daunting task on their hands when they welcome table toppers Manchester City, knowing that a win can help them escape the dreaded relegation zone.

City left for the airport after the Stoke game with a break in the club's owner's homeland awaiting them.

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