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City moved a step closer to winning the title following Monday's routine 2-0 win against lowly Stoke City, which restored their 16-point lead over neighbours United.

The flawless scenario for Man City fans is to see Pep Guardiola's runaway leaders wrap up their third championship in seven seasons by beating Manchester United in the derby at the Etihad Stadium on April 7.

The Cape Town City head coach jetted off to the United Kingdom last weekend, as part of his UEFA Pro License course, where he watched arguably one of the best teams in Europe, Manchester City in action in one of the most elite European competitions.

"I'm very specific in saying [the title's] not going to be handed to us".

The Manchester City captain barely dares to consider he could ever match, let alone surpass that moment of spontaneous joy and jubilation when Aguero's stoppage time victor hit the back of the QPR net six seasons ago.

Kompany was asked if beating Manchester United on home soil, to clinch the Premier League title in the first week of April - with a record six games left to play - could compete with his first title.

It took just nine minutes for City to carve open a Stoke side that is looking increasingly certain to suffer relegation this season with every passing week.

Guardiola was full of praise for his 32-year-old midfield star following the game.

"Let's put everything straight first: we just want to win the title", Kompany told reporters.

"There are always goals to pursue, statistics to overcome, and we will carry on and then work towards next season".

As has been then case so many times this season, the goal came with devastating pace and precision on the counter-attack after striker Gabriel Jesus had dropped deep and become involved in build-up play.

"We now have three weeks off and we travel to Abu Dhabi to train there in better weather conditions and to change our habits, stay together and come back strong".

Stoke did begin aggressively in the hope of suffocating City but the visitors soon stretched them by playing a few longer passes.

Manchester City defeated Stoke City 2-0 on Monday night and are next in action after the worldwide break on 31st March against Everton. "But credit to my team, they never capitulated", he said.

"If they had gone through tonight into the last eight of the Champions League, sitting pretty in second place in the league, into the last eight of the FA Cup, it would be a fantastic season".

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