Jesús Navas admits Manchester City will need to turn their stuttering form around quickly in order to keep league leaders Chelsea within sight - starting with a win against Stoke City on Wednesday night.
In the reverse fixture, Stoke secure a 1-0 win at the Etihad earlier in the season and been in fine form recently, after losing one match in nine in all competitions.
Whereas the defending champions haven’t been in good form, failing to seal a win in their last four matches.
However, Spain international Navas says a win at the Britannia stadium will be the perfect result, as the Citizens hope to get back to winning ways.
“Stoke are a team who are very well organised and very disciplined,” Jesús told the clubs’ official website. “As we saw in the first game, if you are not focused and even momentarily lose concentration, they can hurt you – just as they did at the Etihad.
“We were disappointing that day but Stoke played very well and won a game they perhaps weren’t expected to win. They are playing very well at the moment and unless we have to be at our best from start to finish.”
The former Sevilla winger also compared Mark Hughes' side to a team [Osasuna] he regularly played against in La Liga.
“While Stoke are a very English team, they do remind me of a side I used to come up against when I was at Sevilla,” he said.
"Whenever we played Osasuna, it was always a difficult game. They were a more physical side than the other La Liga teams and they played at a smaller stadium where their fans were right on top of you."
“We know from experience that playing at Stoke can be similar in many ways, especially if their fans are behind them throughout so we have to try and get on top early and perhaps quieten the home support.”