Man City seek end to unhappy Mondays at Stoke

Man City midfielder Bernardo Silva

Man City midfielder Bernardo Silva

"I don't like to play on Monday because the weekend, everybody is involved, and when the weekend is over, they are like "the weekend is over", there are no more games, but we have to play". I think all the games 90 minutes except the last.

Guardiola wants his players to put thoughts of the title or the Champions League quarter-finals aside and concentrate on Stoke.

When asked about the interest previously, Fed replied, "A friend gave me the news saying that City and Guardiola were interested in me.I'm happy to be so well known in Europe". "You have to be focused because Stoke away is always complicated".

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.

Manchester City chief executive Ferran Soriano has offered an insight into how the Premier League leaders are run on and off the field of play.

Guardiola said: "He has been here for a long time and is playing in a high level".

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"He trains on his own in Valencia when he goes there".

But Lambert, a huge fan of German football after playing for Borussia Dortmund, believes the spell under the City manager still played a huge part in the development of a player who has scored three goals in his last four games. In a one-off game, you can win, and that is the beauty of football. We had doubts because we didn't win but not doubts about what we had to do. "Today, the players are off, so I don't exactly know the situation". "We have to have an idea of another way to try to beat them".

He can also wear it during Champions League matches, as he did for Wednesday's clash against Basel, because it is not a breach of UEFA codes.

Kevin Wimmer and Saido Berahino, who have been placed on programmes to improve their fitness, could possibly return to the Stoke matchday squad.

Raheem Sterling and Fernandinho could both return from hamstring injuries, while Fabian Delph is also in contention to feature at bet365 Stadium.

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