Marko Arnautovic scored twice to hand Stoke City a excellent victory more than Premier League leaders Manchester City.
Xherdan Shaqiri designed both of Arnautovic’s first-half targets in an inspired functionality by the Swiss.
Arnautovic nudged property Shaqiri’s cross for the opener and then completed off a perfectly weighted by means of ball from his team-mate.
Man City, with Sergio Aguero and Yaya Toure out injured, lacked tips and have not won in four away league games.
The couple of chances Man City did develop have been met by the impressive Jack Butland, as the Stoke keeper kept out efforts from Kevin De Bruyne and Aleksandar Kolarov with sharp saves.
Relive Stoke’s 2- win more than Man City
Stoke’s ‘Alpine Messi’
Former Basel and Bayern Munich midfielder Shaqiri had not set the world alight for the Potters so far this term soon after arriving from Inter Milan in the summer.
But the man nicknamed the Alpine Messi – for his similarities to Lionel Messi in each stature and inventive potential – tore Man City apart with ease.
He strode past three going to players just before supplying the cross for the opener and frequently discovered Arnautovic with penetrating balls behind the defence.
Stoke, who sit in mid-table, have built up a reputation for being a sturdy and uninspiring side, but the Potters’ attacking 4 of Arnautovic, Shaqiri, Ibrahim Afellay and Bojan Krkic supplied movement and verve to show that Mark Hughes’ group are evolving and progressing.
Man City just messy
Manuel Pellegrini bemoaned his Man City side’s injury scenario after the game, particularly the absence of defender Vincent Kompany.
Belgian Kompany has not featured since early November because of a calf injury and Man City have conceded just when with him on the pitch this term and let in 15 without having him.
But the visitors have been toothless going forward, with Aguero’s stand-in Wilfried Bony barely seeing the ball and creators in chief Kevin De Bruyne and David Silva constantly closed down by Stoke stress.
Pellegrini introduced Jesus Navas, Fabian Delph and Kelechi Iheanacho early in the second half in an try to rescue the game, but that only led to his side playing the final 15 minutes with ten males as Fernandinho hobbled off with a hamstring issue.
Man of the match – Xherdan Shaqiri
What they stated
Stoke manager Mark Hughes: “It was a fantastic functionality by the guys. Every and each and every one of them put in a high-level overall performance and as a consequence of that we were capable to win against the group leading of the pile.
“We played with an energetic 3 in midfield, we had been on the front foot in midfield and we unsettled them. We usually had a threat up front.
“We haven’t played Bojan right up front just before but I have been close to undertaking it in the previous. We necessary to retain possession in crucial locations and the 3 up prime permitted us to do that.”
Stoke midfielder Xherdan Shaqiri: “We attempted this [partnership with Marko Arnautovic] all week in education so we of course are happy that we scored in the game like this.
“We have a quite great team, we can win against each group in the Premier League.”
Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini: “We had a lack of reaction, too many games for the identical players.
“We defended extremely badly but we also had not also several chances to score. We are playing with 13 players in all competitions. It was a defeat.
“I often miss important names, but you have to play with the players you have. We need to continue with the very same 11 or 12 players.”
The stats you need to have to know
- Stoke scored much more than when in a Premier League game against Man City for the first time.
- Man City have failed to score in their final three on the road for the initial time since April 2009.
- Stoke have lost just 1 of their eight residence Premier League clashes against Man City (W2 D5).
- Man City have kept just two clean sheets in their last ten Premier League games, possessing kept six in a row prior to that.
- Man City have won none of their last 59 Premier League games in which they’ve been at least two goals behind (D3 L56), considering that a 3-2 win at Norwich in February 2005.
- Stoke have kept six clean sheets in their last eight Premier League games.
- Arnautovic has been involved in seven objectives in his final seven league games at the Britannia (three ambitions, 4 assists). He scored with both of his shots on target nowadays.
Stoke will need to prove that they can repeat this vibrant efficiency when they travel to West Ham on Saturday. Man City host Borussia Monchengladbach in their final Champions League group game on Tuesday, and nonetheless have an outside opportunity of topping the group.