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David Silva at the double as title moves ever closer for Manchester City

Two good: Silva lifts his second over Butland to put the result beyond doubt PICTURE: GETTY

Stoke 0-2 Manchester City

DAVID SILVA scored twice last night as Manchester City breezed past Stoke to leave Pep Guardiola’s side just two matches away from regaining the Premier League title.

City last ruled the domestic roost four years ago and were second the following season before finishing fourth and then third last year.

But they are in a league of their own this time around, 16 points clear of Manchester United in second.

If they beat Everton at Goodison Park next time out they can win the championship against arch-rivals United at the Etihad Stadium.

City captain Vincent Kompany would love that and said: ‘Everybody in the blue side of Manchester knows it’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. But (we have to be) steady. It is not going to be handed to us.’

Guardiola’s class acts looked sharp from the start and needed just nine minutes to get their noses in front at the bet365 Stadium.

Gabriel Jesus swept a pass out to the right from the centre of midfield for Raheem Sterling to whip a low cross into the middle, where Silva met it with a first-time finish.

City continued to dominate and Jack Butland was forced low to his left to keep out a thumping drive from Fernandinho before Silva added his second six minutes after the restart.The Spaniard played a smart pass out to Jesus and tore into the Potters area to scoop his shot over Butland for his fourth goal in as many matches and ninth of an outstanding campaign.

City walloped Stoke 7-2 at the Etihad Stadium in October and Butland foiled Sterling’s twisting run to stop the score heading in that direction.

It was still a grim night for Paul Lambert’s side and the home fans as they remain in the bottom three.