EPL: Aguero out of Manchester City's game against Stoke

EPL: Aguero out of Manchester City's game against Stoke

EPL: Aguero out of Manchester City's game against Stoke

David Silva struck twice as Manchester City took another stride towards their seemingly inevitable coronation as Premier League champions with a 2-0 victory at Stoke.

Manchester City have scored at least four goals in a game an incredible 12 times this season, they put seven past Stoke in their last meeting, and they've won two of their last three trips to the bet365 Stadium by a scoreline of 1-4.

Guardiola cited Spain's global success with Premier League players.

"The most important thing after six months is to be careful", said Guardiola.

"I understand for the fans, okay, but the important thing is to be champions. When and where, it doesn't matter". "But [we have to be] steady", Kompany said.

"Then it is best to play one game and rest for two because after six months you have to be careful to avoid a muscular injury".

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola insisted beating Manchester United to hoist the Premier League trophy aloft is not a source of motivation for the champions-elect. Guardiola praised the midfielder after another impressive performance when he worked just as hard off the ball as he on it.

"Sometimes in Barcelona, I remember when we played on Monday, a long time ago, always it was not good".

David Silva inspired the latest win for the runaway leaders, scoring in each half by finishing off sumptuous team moves that have been the hallmark of City's season. "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".

"I prefer to play at weekends, when all the teams play", said Guardiola. "If I go back to my own playing career, did anyone give Borussia Dortmund a chance against the great Juve side in 97? But my son is fighting, you know, and I am very happy because he is getting stronger, getting better, so it is okay".

Stoke manager Paul Lambert, whose side are second from bottom, says Guardiola helped turn Xherdan Shaqiri into a Premier League star, despite selling him at Bayern Munich.

Silva conjured up a 10th-minute goal to floor the plucky Potters before they'd really had time to do anything about it.

The Argentinian was an unused sub in October when they went to the Etihad and returned home on the end of a 7-2 thumping.

"Defensively we got caught for the goals but they never carved us up like they have with other teams". City went close to a second when Kevin De Bruyne whipped in a risky free kick but Jesus failed to make contact.

"Obviously we won't have much of the ball, but when we do have it we have to be ruthless with it and try and hurt them - and take them out of their zone of being comfortable", he added.

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