Manchester City vs. Aston Villa: 6 Things We Learned

Mark Jones@@Mark_Jones86Featured ColumnistMay 7, 2014

Manchester City vs. Aston Villa: 6 Things We Learned

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    Manchester City moved to within touching distance of the Premier League title as they beat Aston Villa 4-0 at the Etihad Stadium.

    All of the goals came in the second half as City dominated the game, with Edin Dzeko scoring twice in the early stages of the latter period,

    Substitute Stevan Jovetic and Yaya Toure added other strikes as City strolled to a victory which places them so close to glory.

    Here are six lessons learned from the game.

Time and Time Again Edin Dzeko Proves His Worth as a Manchester City Player

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    The Bosnian often pops up with crucial goals at crucial times, and he did so at probably the most important point of City's league season to put them ahead and then again with his second goal.

    He shouldn't be allowed to leave in the summer.

Aston Villa's Defence Shows That They Have Something to Build on

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    Paul Lambert set up his Villa side to defend deep and well in the first hour of the game at the Etihad Stadium, and his side responded.

    Now free of any relegation worries, it would be nice to see an old club revitalised next season as money was put behind an historical outfit.

    Over to you, Randy Lerner.

James Milner Is Incredibly Underrated

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    Everyone knew this already, right? Well, if not, then they should do.

    Milner is an absolute tyro in midfield, an often underrated player and one who should be a key player for England at the World Cup.

    He was again superb for City here, and it is easy to see why their fans love him so much.

Pablo Zabaleta Is Once Again a City Hero

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    Two breaks down the right and two goals.

    Pablo Zabaleta is and will remain a Manchester City hero, a player who can be relied upon in even the most tense of circumstances.

    He was excellent again here, as his contributions led to two goals and City placing a hand and four fingers on the title.

Manuel Pellegrini Will Be a Success in Europe

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    As was suggested following the appointment of Manuel Pellegrini in the summer, the Chilean had no experience of winning anything in Europe. That'll all change soon.

    He'll more than likely be a Premier League champion on Sunday, and he'll thoroughly deserve it after adapting so quickly and easily to the English game.

    He could be here for years to come.

No Favours for Liverpool Who Are Running on Empty

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    Had Liverpool managed to hang on to the three points against Crystal Palace on Monday night, then City would have had to close out the season with two victories. Following this win over Villa, just a point on Sunday against West Ham will surely now be enough.

    Liverpool would have to overturn a huge goal difference to pip them to the title, and with the Reds now running on empty following their remarkable effort this season, that simply won't happen.

    This was Liverpool's chance for someone else to do them a favour, and it didn't occur.