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Toure double puts City in driving seat

Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini finally admitted that his team are title favourites. An impressive 2-0 away win at Newcastle means City just have to win their final match against struggling Queens Park Rangers to secure the Premier League trophy.

After an hour when the teams could not be separated, two goals from Yaya Toure gave City the points and maintained their advantage over Manchester United on goal difference.

"If we beat QPR, we are champions," Mancini acknowledged. "It doesn't depend on what Manchester United do any more, it depends on us. It won't be easy because QPR are fighting against relegation. The players need to relax after this game, we have six days and then we have another game. It's not finished yet."

Manchester United beat Swansea, and now have to win at Sunderland to be in with a chance. "We just have to keep going with the right spirit," the United manager Sir Alex Ferguson said. "We've won the title on three occasions on the last day and we don't mind doing it again. They're red-hot favourites and will make sure they win the match, but QPR need a point and they're fighting for survival. The whole future of the club could be resting on the game and I only wish Sparky was playing."

'Sparky' is the QPR manager Mark Hughes. He has his own additional motivation to beat City on the final day, apart from the need for points. He was sacked as City manager in 2009 to make way for Mancini.

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