Vincent Kompany has said that it would be brilliant if Manchester City could clinch the Premier League title by beating Manchester United next month.
David Silva scored twice on Monday as Pep Guardiola's team easily beat Stoke City 2-0 at the bet365 Stadium to maintain their 16-point lead over second-placed United.
It was their 26th victory in 30 Premier League games this season and they have now scored 85 goals and conceded just 20.
Their next top-flight encounter is against Everton on 31st March before they entertain Jose Mourinho's team on 7th April.
City captain and Belgium international Kompany said: "I think everybody on the blue side of Manchester knows it's a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. But steady, we've one more game before United, which will be difficult, and then we'll see. I'm sure it won't be handed to us.
"It's that time of year where you feel every win takes you one step closer to your goal. We look to the long-term and that's why the drive is still there."
Guardiola holds a different view though, saying: "Now we are two or three games away from being champions but it doesn't matter when we win it."
Silva opened the scoring in the 10th minute when he turned home Raheem Sterling's cross before adding a second goal following a flowing City move five minutes after the restart.
Manchester City are 4/11 to beat Everton while Stoke are 1000/1 to be relegated following Monday's defeat.
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