Kompany hopes to win title against Reds
Vincent Kompany is hoping for a 'once in a lifetime opportunity' to clinch the Premier League title against Manchester United.
David Silva struck twice in a sublime performance as Manchester City recorded a straightforward 2-0 win against Stoke at the Bet365 Stadium on Monday night.
The Spain midfielder expertly converted Raheem Sterling's 10th-minute cross before getting on the end of Gabriel Jesus' lofted pass to make it 2-0 early in the second half.
City, who restored their 16-point lead at the top of the table, remain on course to claim the title as early as April 7 after their game with rivals Manchester United.
Kompany knows work has to be done in their next Premier League game against Everton if they are to get that chance, but he told Sky Sports Premier League: "Everybody in the blue side of Manchester knows it's a once in a lifetime opportunity. But (we have to be) steady.
"We have one game before then which will be difficult and then we will see. It is not going to be handed to us."
Blues boss Pep Guardiola typically downplayed the derby-day title possibility.
"Everybody has asked me about it but the important thing is that on March 12 we have 81 points," he said. "We want to be champions and to do that we need to win two or three games."
Michael Holland is a reporter with over two decades of journalism experience. A Bolton fan, Michael often writes football articles, as well as having a strong knowledge of golf, cricket and Australian sports.