Stoke boss Hughes looking to increase Man City pain

Former Manchester City boss Mark Hughes is aiming to add to the misery of his former club by guiding Stoke to an unprecedented double over the Champions this season, according to the Daily Star.

City have been struggling for form and are currently on a run of four without a win thanks to their draw with Hull at the weekend – where they still had to score a last minute equaliser.

They have fallen seven points behind leaders Chelsea thanks to results with the pressure firmly building on Manuel Pellegrini’s head.

Stoke put early season pressure on the Champions by winning 1-0 at the Etihad Stadium following a perfectly executed smash and grab game plan.

And Mark Hughes believes his side are capable of piling yet more pain on the visitors when they play at the Britannia Stadium tonight – claiming they need to win every game until the end of the season to stand any chance of maintaining their crown.

He said: “You sense Chelsea are going to have to slip up now. That’s maybe what City are hoping for.

“A ten point gap before Christmas doesn’t worry teams too much, but when there’s only 12-14 games left, the fixtures start to run out on you.

“If that were to happen, City will then need to win every game left and still have to hope Chelsea slip up.

“We’re looking forward to it but we are aware that there’s a lot of criticism going City’s way because of their recent setbacks.

“You always get a reaction from top players and City have top players but we feel we can cause them problems.”

Stoke themselves are in good form and boast an impressive record of just two losses since the beginning of December.

Their home form hasn’t been as formidable as seasons past however, only bagging five wins from their 11 played at the Britannia.

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