RIO: Fernandinho has urged Manchester Metropolis to stay ruthless of their pursuit of the Premier League title — which they may seal towards Manchester United.
Metropolis went 16 factors clear on the high of the desk with simply eight video games left within the league season following a 2-Zero win away to Stoke on Monday.
Pep Guardiola’s males now want a most of three extra wins to verify of lifting the trophy however two will do the trick if one in every of them comes towards cross-city rivals United.
Ought to Metropolis defeat Everton on March 31, they may clinch the title with a win at house within the Manchester derby on April 7.
“We cannot deny we are close to winning the league but we have to keep working and keep focused, as we did since the first day, (going) game by game, step by step,” mentioned Metropolis midfielder Fernandinho.
“By working hard every day, every week, every game we are going to go get there,” the Brazilian added.
For all Stoke’s repute as a hostile venue for opposition groups, Metropolis was hardly ever examined on Monday, a purpose in every half from David Silva securing victory.
“Of course it is a tough place to come and play good football but we did it,” mentioned Fernandinho. “We are happy for that and one more step to the title.”
His feedback echoed these of Metropolis supervisor Guardiola, who was unconcerned as to when his facet gained the title so long as they did certainly win it.
“Everybody is always asking this question,” mentioned Guardiola. “However the necessary factor is on March 12, we now have 81 factors, that’s lots of factors.
“We wish to be champions. We want three wins, however we’re capable of do it with two (if Metropolis beat United).”
He added: “However earlier than and after United, we now have the (Champions League) quarter-finals, and in the mean time that’s crucial factor to concentrate on.
“I perceive for the followers, okay, however the necessary factor is to be champions. When and the place it doesn’t matter.”
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