London, England, United Kingdom (4E Sports) – Edin Dzeko scored twice as Manchester City moved to the brink of clinching their second Premier League title in three years with a 4-0 rout of Aston Villa Wednesday at Etihad Stadium.
The win gave Manchester City a two-point cushion and a better goal difference over Liverpool heading into the final weekend of the season.
Barring a huge swing in goal difference, City now just needs a point at home against West Ham United to secure the Premier League title.
“Now we can talk about the title. We must win the last game against West Ham,” said Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini.
“The team was not only very patient, we played very well. We pressed well, had possession of the ball. We tried to move the ball as fast as we can and created two or three chances,” he added.
The opening goal only arrived midway through the second half as Dzeko finished off a well-worked team move in the 64th minute.
The Bosnia and Herzegovina international striker added a second in the 72nd minute with his 16th Premier League goal of the season.
Stevan Jovetic came off the bench with half an hour to go and made his impact with the team’s third goal of the game. Yaya Toure added another tally in injury time to complete the rout.
Meanwhile, Sunderland assured its stay in the Premier League and condemned Norwich City to the championship with a 2-0 win over West Bromwich Albion at Stadium of Light.
First-half goals by Jack Colback and Fabio Borini continued Sunderland’s “miracle” run as the Black Cats avoided the drop with a fourth straight victory.