City's cool head

City's cool head
Although Everton take the lead, Sergio Aguero pulls City level before Edin Dzeko (shown here) heads them in front before half-time.

According to Manchester City sources, the open-top bus parade has been pencilled in for next Monday.

If Liverpool fail to win at Crystal Palace tomorrow morning (Singapore time), the title celebration date can be inked, rubberstamped and underlined with a highlighter pen.

Those impudent imposters from Merseyside will be finally put down. The Reds' rebellion will be over.

This was the moment. This was the knife-edge that Manuel Pellegrini's men had to tip-toe across at Goodison Park, with a nightmare waiting on one side and nirvana on the other.

Other managers might have lost their heads. But Pellegrini kept his.

The title is now his for the taking.

Of course, City must still play genial hosts to Aston Villa and West Ham, but the only claret on display will be on the visitors' jerseys.

There will not be blood. Those fixtures should serve as housewarming parties for the new silverware heading to the Etihad Stadium.

Only goal difference separates City and Liverpool, but a gulf exists between the two in terms of momentum.

City's victory at Everton was never comfortable. It wasn't always convincing, but it did look title-winning.

One win at Goodison Park in 15 visits entertained statisticians in the build-up - another reminder, if one were needed, of how pointless such statistics usually prove to be - but City struggled to contain their indifference.

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