Manuel Pellegrini has told Kelechi Iheanacho, Yaya Toure, Wilfred Bony and their Manchester City team-mates that they must treat every game as the biggest of the season if they are to keep their title hopes alive.
Iheancho came on for Silva in the 70th minute to help City to a crucial three points with a 4-0 thrashing of struggling Aston Villa to remain in the hunt for a third Premier League trophy.
Speaking in his post-match press conference, the Chilean admitted the Citizens are relying on other results to go their way but insists they must keep fighting for the crown until the very end.
“We are going to be involved in the title race until the end – the margin for error is very small but this team has the experience to try to win the title.”
“All the teams will lose points from now until the end of the season. The pressure comes more towards the end so experience will be important. We need other teams to lose points – we are not just depending on what we can do. We are going to play every game as a final.
“We need to close the gap if Arsenal, Leicester and Tottenham lose points. It is very important. In my first season, we had three games postponed – that’s why we are always coming back to win the title. We always have the chance in our hand.” The City boss told the club’s official website.
Pellegrini was delighted to see his side put the Villans to the sword and keep a clean sheet, after three consecutive league defeats.
Aguero bagged a brace with his 20th and 21st goals of the season to clinch his tenth goal in ten games. Yaya Toure and Raheem Sterling also contributed to the second half blitz of goals.