Manchester City ease to win over struggling Sunderland

David Moyes Sunderland have missed Jan Kirchhoff this season

Goals from Sergio Aguero and Leroy Sane saw City come away 2-0 winners at the Stadium of Light.

But after 20 minutes, Sunderland were within a whisker of opening the scoring as Defoe turned and shot from the edge of the area, with the ball coming back off the post and Borini only able to head a hard rebound wide. Sterling's pass released Silva from halfway and his perfectly-weighted through ball allowed Sane to out-pace the labouring Billy Jones before beating Pickford with a low angled drive from 12 yards.

Eyebrows were raised at the £37million City paid Schalke for the 21-year-old in August, but Guardiola added: "When a player with that kind of price-tag doesn't go well he's expensive, but now he's cheap". With a win, Manchester City would leapfrog Liverpool and Tottenham and move into second place. I said many times that we are here in the last month not thinking too much about the big targets or objectives, it is just about winning the next game.

The Black Cats had the ball in the back of the net in the 82nd minute, but Defoe's header ruled out for offside.

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Aguero's deadlock-breaking effort - his fifth goal in as many games against the Wearsiders - ensured Sunderland were made to rue such profligacy in front of goal as the South American continues to fill the goal-scoring void left by the injury to Jesus.

The Sky Blues return to action Wednesday at home against Stoke and will then look to extend their clean-sheet streak with a FA Cup quarter-final at Middlesbrough.

"During the season we have had good moments, others not so good". Yep, it can mean only one thing - a team filled with confidence on their way for a stroll at the Stadium of Light.

"You can look at last season, especially because we were not playing rocket-science football - it was simple, direct football to stay up".

"They are doing everything they can in their training and giving everything in their games, and if we keep doing that we'll have a great chance".

On the bench, the Citizens manager has Kevin De Bruyne if needed, while Nolito is an attacking option.