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

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

Silva missed last Wednesday's Champions League match against Basel in order to visit his partner and child, but is set to return for the match at Stoke.

"I think they became stronger players - Xabi Alonso, Mikel Arteta, Fernando Torres, Cesc Fabregas - a lot of young players made a decision to come here, and play in that league".

City have seen a truly extraordinary turnover and a massive increase in revenue streams since Sheikh Mansour took up the reins back in 2008, and are now the team with the fourth-biggest income in world football.

"Some of them are better. It's just from my experience, and I don't like it".

Vincent Kompany could return having missed out on the last two games to give the blues a more physical presence in the backline against a physically strong Stoke side.

With City not playing again until March 31 following this trip to the Potteries it's nearly certain that we'll see Guardiola name a full strength side to face Stoke.

City fly out to Abu Dhabi on Tuesday for some warm weather training but Pep will be impressing on his players not to be concentrating on the sunshine too early as they are unlikely to get a glowing reception at Stoke.

"What has happened has happened".

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"Hopefully he can solve [the situation] as soon as possible, his lovely kid can grow and grow back at home and he can stay with us all days".

"Some of the players are better".

"It's a long time here and he is playing at a high level". It means a lot.

"He is a huge competitor, one of the hugest competitors I've had as a football player. He makes a step forward and that is so important".

City will assess the fitness of Raheem Sterling and Fernandinho.

"I prefer to play at weekends, when all the teams play", said Guardiola.

"He wants to know what happens but always accepts whatever I, Txiki and Ferran decide". But of course, it's so important he came back. We are so happy because maybe he can help us for 20 minutes, 25 minutes.

Next week's scheduled game against Brighton has been postponed owing to the Seagulls' continuing involvement in the FA Cup while there is also an global break before that next fixture.

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