Stoke City vs Manchester City

Manchester City won 4-1 on their last trip to Stoke

As soon as possible will be better but now we can be relaxed, the players go away with their global teams. Over the weekend, United beat Liverpool meaning an essential elimination of the reds from the title run.

For Manchester City, a record-setting season in the English Premier League could yet have the ideal ending.

Guardiola said: "The most important thing after six months is to be careful".

"Everybody in the blue side of Manchester knows it's a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity", City captain Vincent Kompany said, with a smile.

'We're going to be together this week.

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Guardiola has said he will continue to wear the ribbon for pre- and post-match media commitments, as is permitted.

Guardiola added: "Sometimes in Barcelona, I remember when we played on Monday, a long time ago, always it was not good".

A goal in either halves from Spanish star David Silva was enough for City to bag all the three points as they edge closer to winning the Premier League title.

Manchester City's David Silva, right, celebrates scoring his second goal during the English Premier League football match between Stoke City and Manchester City at the Bet 365 Stadium in Stoke on Trent, England, Monday, March 12, 2018.

"If we try to play football the same way they do then we will be beaten - that's the reality.

Today, the players are off, so I don't exactly know the situation". "He has the skills no doubt about that but in the bad moments he is there to control the game and he is an aggressive competitor". City went close to a second when Kevin De Bruyne whipped in a unsafe free kick but Jesus failed to make contact.

City is off for some warm-weather training in Abu Dhabi amid a three-week break that arose from its unexpected loss to Wigan in the FA Cup last month.

Stoke need goals if they are to fight their way out of the bottom three, but it's hard to see where they are going to come from.

City were without top scorer Sergio Aguero but his absence mattered little as they barely needed to get out of second gear against the relegation-threatened Potters.

Paul Lambert has certainly patched Stoke's badly leaking defence since taking over from Mark Hughes and a victory and four draws from six games is a very creditable return in theory. "It gives us perspective and brings a moment of joy into our lives".

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