While the Champions League may be slipping away from Manuel Pellegrini and his players―and the Chilean had plenty to say about that, per BBC Sport―the race for the Premier League title remains as hotly contested as ever.
The Potters will provide the hosts an entirely different type of challenge to that posed by Barcelona. In any case, with the rest of the Premier League's top four all facing home matches over the weekend, it remains just as important for now.
The need for three points against former City boss Mark Hughes's side is evident.
Pellegrini is certain to make changes from the team he named against Barca, but what will his lineup be?
Here, we try to get into the Chilean's head.