Mancini ready for difficult test

Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini has called on his players to replicate their Eastlands form on their travels as he prepares his side for Tuesday's Premier League clash at Stoke City.

City will move above Liverpool into fourth in the table if they draw or win at the Britannia Stadium but Mancini is aware that his team have only three of their 12 away fixtures so far this term.

In the build-up to the game, Mancini said:"I don't know if it will be difficult to play on the pitch but we will try. The atmosphere will be different but we are ready for a fight.

"Stoke are one of the most difficult opponents in the league because they have tall players and play with the ball in the air.

"If we want to win at Stoke we must prepare for a different game. It will be hard but, if we want to change our mentality and go up the table, we must change, absolutely.

"I was happy in the first half on Saturday because we played well. But when we score one, we have to score again, because Stoke are dangerous at free kicks and throw-ins.

"We prepared very well for throw-ins but at one our position was bad and they scored."

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