Pep Guardiola: There's no one like David Silva

Pep Guardiola: There's no one like David Silva

Two of City's rare slip-ups this season have come on Monday nights as hopes of an unprecedented quadruple were ended by a shock FA Cup defeat at third-tier Wigan last month, while Everton escaped with a 1-1 draw from the Etihad Stadium back in August.

The City boss said: "It's always a tough game, Stoke City, and people talked about that before we came". When we face teams who are fighting to stay in the Premier League, it is complicated.

The Blues have a sparse fixture list in the coming weeks despite the fact they are gunning to clinch the league title in record time and are preparing for the Champions League quarter-finals. We were so happy to have him extend his contract and to spend the next seasons with him.

"We have one or two training sessions until the game".

When speaking on Silva's technical ability and what he has meant to the Club, Guardiola had this to say: "He's been one of the best players in the past decade and he's so good. We weren't precise enough to score a goal".

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Paul Lambert's relegation-threatened Stoke are 19th in the table with 27 points. "If I go back to my own playing career, did anyone give Borussia Dortmund a chance against the great Juve side in 97?" Probably not. Everybody and their dog thought Juve would win. In a one-off game, you can win, and that is the beauty of football.

Consider also Stoke's terrible recent record against the big boys, and the fact that they've conceded an average of 4.5 goals per game in their last six such matches, then it's impossible not to suggest an away win, even at odds of [1.25]. We can play like that sometimes.

Raheem Sterling and Fernandinho could both return from hamstring injuries, while Fabian Delph is also in contention to feature at bet365 Stadium. "We have to have an idea of another way to try to beat them".

There isn't any logical reason to oppose Man City in the Match Odds market, they are head and shoulders above their Monday night opponents, have plenty of incentive to win and edge a little closer to securing the title, and they practically have a fully fit squad to choose from.

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