Wednesday, 7th May, 2014

Manchester City defender Pablo Zabaleta has saluted a "massive step" towards winning the Premier League title after they swatted away Aston Villa 4-0 at the Etihad Stadium tonight.

Aston Villa adopted an ultra-defensive approach and kept Manchester City at bay until the 63rd minute, when Zabaleta found space behind the defence and crossed the ball for Edin Dzeko to poke home.

Villa were forced to come out and play, and Manchester City found another three goals, Dzeko scoring again (72nd minute), Stevan Jovetic (89th minute) and Yaya Toure (90th minute).

And, with Manchester City now jumping above Liverpool to the top of the Premier League and needing just one point from their final game against West Ham on Sunday to win the title, Zabaleta has hailed a big step towards doing just that.


"I think it was a very difficult game. We knew before the game that Aston Villa would play with ten players behind the ball and it was very difficult", the Argentine told Sky Sports.

"But I think in the second half we controlled the game and then we scored the first goal and it was a different game. It was a very solid performance, nothing is done yet, but we know it was a very important game.

"I think it was a massive step forward [towards the title], but we know there is still one game to play and I think we had the experience two years ago against QPR and you never know, you have to play the games."

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