Manchester City players jetted out to Abu Dhabi on Monday night for some fair weather training, after restoring their 16-point lead in the Premier League earlier in the evening.
Pep Guardiola’s side was in fine form Monday night as they defeated Stoke 2-0 at Britannia Stadium, with David Silva’s brilliant brace proving to the difference, City became the first team to beat Stoke home and away after the win.
After boarding the plane shortly after the match, the squad headed to a warmer climate where they will recharge their batteries during their five-day stay in the capital, with some light training thrown in for good measure.
The Man City boss took his squad for a similar break in the capital back in February 2017, but back then the side were trailing leaders Chelsea by 11 points and sitting in fourth spot of the PL table, eventually finishing 3rd.
This time they are just two victories away from securing the PL title, firstly playing Everton on March 31st followed by the Manchester derby at Etihad on April 7th.
Guardiola is confident his side will be champions, but is not overly concerned when they officially wrap things up.
“We are very close,” he said.
“Twelve months, 81 points. It’s a lot of points. We just lost one game.
“To be champions is complicated. Our legacy behind us is not big in terms of a lot of titles. To grow, we have to win and win the most prestigious title in England.
“As soon as possible is better, but it doesn’t matter where. What’s important is to be champions.
“Between Manchester United, we have quarter-finals. We will be focusing on the Champions League. The target is the next game against Everton, and try to play good and try to win the game.