Man City ‘can almost touch title’ after Villa rout
Manchester City is now in touching distance of the Premier League title after a 4-0 dismantling of Aston Villa at the Etihad Stadium.
City’s convincing 4-0 win over Villa will prove decisive in the Premier League title race as Manuel Pellegrini’s men moved two points clear of Liverpool ahead of Sunday’s final match of the season against West Ham.
Tension was evident as City failed to break through resilient Villa in the opening hour but an Edin Dzeko double changed the mood. Late goals from Stevan Jovetic and Yaya Toure then transformed the atmosphere from relief to celebration and City effectively now need only a draw against the Hammers to win a second title in three seasons.
Pellegrini, in common with his chief rivals, has consistently spurned the favourites’ tag for most of the season, but there is now no hiding from it.
Pellegrini said: “Now we can talk about the title because if we win the next game we are going to win the title. We could not do the same before this game because we had to beat Aston Villa.
“Of course I expect to win the title because now we are top of the table. It has been a strange season maybe because we were never top of the table.
“Everyone said we were favourites but we were nine points behind Liverpool and eight points behind Chelsea.
“We had three games in hand but we must win all those games. Now we are top of the table and I hope we are not going to lose next Sunday.”