Stoke City vs. Manchester City: 6 Things We Learned

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Stoke City vs. Manchester City: 6 Things We Learned
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City seemed to spend much of the match outnumbered around the ball.

For a relatively nondescript early season fixture, Stoke City vs. Manchester City was chock full of storylines.

Stoke manager Mark Hughes downplayed any lingering resentment about his dismissal from Manchester, but he would only be human if he felt some vengeful pangs.

Embattled City keeper Joe Hart lined up opposite Asmir Begovic, the man erstwhile City manager Roberto Mancini wanted to depose Hart for.

And there is that little detail of City's never having won a Premier League match at the Britannia.

Some derbies do not have that much going on even before the ball is touched into play.

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