After falling behind with just 20 seconds played, City fought back with goals from Phil Foden and Rodrigo to take three points and increase the lead at the top of the Premier League back to 11 points.
Defeat could have seen that lead cut to just five points if Manchester United won their game in hand, but now, Pep Guardiola’s men need just eight more points from a possible 15 to seal a third title in four seasons.
“It’s a massive win,” said Dickov, speaking on the We’re Not Really Here post-match segment.
“Five left and eight points needed. We played it down after the two defeats. Tonight, it was imperative to win. We came out dominated and it was a professional performance.
“This City side keep the ball with ease, never panic and don’t force it.
“Everyone wants the ball to be comfortable. Aston Villa were on their knees and chasing shadows. I don’t think Ederson had to touch the ball in the second-half.
“It’s a huge boost as we are now even closer to winning the Premier League. They can recover now and will have a spring in their step.
“If we didn’t win tonight there would be pressure on the players but they’ll be ready now.”
Dunne agreed it was a superb performance, particularly after falling behind so early and having John Stones sent off before the break.
“We came out full of energy to press and put pressure on and Matty Cash made two rash challenges for the red card to even the game up.
“Villa would have thought City had 12 men. The fluidity of how we played was amazing to watch and there was never any danger.
“It’s all about getting over the line and they showed it again today in a difficult situation.
“I thought Phil Foden was outstanding. When you are down to 10 men, you need someone with energy to take the game by the scruff of the neck and he can do this.
“The intelligence he has to keep the ball and always be in the right position is fantastic.
“The way they all performed was outstanding; it was a team effort. This team is amazing and the way they all work is incredible.
“City are expected to win every game and it becomes the norm.
“Even every day in training, Saturdays become easy because they do this every day, trying to reach that level of perfection.
“It’s almost as if the game is the easy part and training is the hard work.”