Manchester City lost the lead in the Premier League and now ranks third behind Leicester and Arsenal
Coach Pellegrini reacts after the loss:
“We have had to play the same 12 or 15 players for most of the season, but the fault is the whole team’s because we defend as a team and we attack as a team and we didn’t do either well today.
I’m worried by the first 20 minutes of the game against Stoke and I’m worried going forward about the way we played the ball in the opposition box. We don’t have a priority to get any one player back in the team in particular – we have five or six key injuries and I don’t think we will have any of them back this week.”
Goalkeeper Joe Hart:
“It was a disappointing start and we couldn’t recover from it. We didn’t play well. Conditions were tough but that’s English football – I said before the game: no-one would be able to walk of the pitch with an excuse.
It’s not like the wind got up four seconds before kick-off – we knew what we were coming into and Stoke knew what they were coming in to. A few of the lads are feeling it from the amount of games we’re playing but that’s not an excuse.”