Stoke City have been able to gain some positive results against Manchester City since Mark Hughes took over. But none would have been more special than tonight’s magnificent result as they beat the Citizens 2-0 at the Britannia Stadium, courtesy of Marko Arnautović’s brace.
The Potters outplayed their opponents, and always looked like the team more likely to score. City, who have missed out on a chance to ensure that they stay atop the league, have now lost 4 games in 15 in the Premier League. Here are major talking points from the match-
The Stoke City Attack
Stoke City had Bojan Krkic, Ibrahim Afellay, Xherdan Shaqiri and Marko Arnautović, all start against Manchester City. A team that have been noted for their defence rather than attack, now possess a devastating threat up front.
Shaqiri and Arnautović combined well with precise passing from the former to the cool finishing by the latter, giving Stoke an early but commanding lead over the Citizens inside of 20 minutes. They were the team that looked to score throughout, with Arnautović even hitting the woodwork, missing out a first half hattrick.
Afellay and Krkic also were a continuous thorn in the shaky Manchester City defence, who were lucky to not concede more than 4, with Stoke coming close on more than one occasion.