Manchester City extended their advantage over their top four rivals as they comfortably defeated a relegation-threatened Stoke City side 2-0 at the bet365 Stadium.
With the title seemingly wrapped up for the Citizens, it was now the case of confirming their status as the new champions of England. Yesterday’s result means that Pep Guardiola’s side will now have to beat Everton at Goodison Park and Manchester United at the Etihad to seal their place in the history books.
It is also an opportunity for City to break some records set by previous champions. The record for most goals scored in a season from a title-winning team was by Chelsea (2009-10) with 103 goals, with City currently on 85 with eight games remaining. The most points reached in a season from a title-winning team was also achieved by Chelsea, who managed to get 95 points when they won the league in 2005. These are both realistic records that the Citizens could target to show their superiority.
As the game hit the 10-minute mark, a great team move ended with Raheem Sterling hitting a low cross to David Silva to make it 1-0. It was all City in the first half, with Stoke struggling to gain a foothold in a game they needed to win to help them climb out of the relegation zone. The game was sealed after just five minutes into the second half with another passing move resulting in a City goal. David Silva scored his second of the match, where he managed to get to the ball before Jack Butland to tap in for 2-0.
A big win for City in their quest for their third Premier League title and their first major domestic trophy during the Pep Guardiola era.
Here are our player ratings from the match.