Guardiola joyous as Man City inch closer to the league title

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Guardiola joyous as Man City inch closer to the league title

Guardiola joyous as Man City inch closer to the league title

CARL RECINE

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Manchester City moved to within one win of the Premier League title by beating Everton on Saturday, leaving Pep Guardiola delighted.

Pep Guardiola revelled in Manchester City's dominant 3-1 win over Everton as his side closed to within one victory of the Premier League title. First-half goals from Leroy Sané, Gabriel Jesus and Raheem Sterling wrapped up the victory, ensuring Yannick Bolasie's strike after the break was merely a consolation.

City could clinch league in the derby against United

City – beaten 4-0 in this fixture last season – can now claim the title by beating bitter rivals Manchester United next weekend, with a Champions League quarter-final first leg against their other north west rivals Liverpool to negotiate before that.

Pep cheers "huge win"

A delighted Guardiola, who sealed his 50th Premier League victory, told BT Sport: "We knew we must win all games. We did our job in the first half – it was so, so good. We controlled the game and it was a huge victory. It was the first time as a manager I was able to beat Everton. It was a long time we weren't together [during the international break] so you always think 'what could happen', but it was good. We were clinical especially in the first half. Everybody committed to win the game. Now it is one more game and we will be champions. [For] the fans it is significant. It is special. It is important we win – no matter where. Of course the most important thing is these two games."

Treble still on for Guardiola's City

With the EFL Carabao Cup already sitting in the trophy cabinet and the top-flight crown imminent, conquering Europe is the key to City's treble dreams and Guardiola knows his side face a tough challenge against Liverpool, the only team to beat them in the league this season. "We have to go to Anfield with good feelings," he added. "Now we have a few days to prepare for this game."

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