Pellegrini on City win over Stoke: "It was important to score the first goal."

  • A very comfortable 4-0 win for Manchester City over the Potters

  • Kelechi Iheanacho has scored 11 goals from 15 shots on target in all competitions this season.

  • Sergio Aguero has scored 22 goals in his last 21 Premier League appearances.

Manchester City moved up to third in the Premier League with a 4-0 win over Stoke City on Saturday.

Kelechi Iheanacho's brace (64th and 74th minute) helped the Citizens wrap up the win at the Etihad after Fernando's opener and Sergio Aguero's goal from the penalty spot.

Manuel Pellegrini rested a few players, including Vincent Kompany and Kevin de Bruyne, with the Champions League semi-final tie against La Liga giants Real Madrid in mind.

However, after the clash BBC Sport quoted Pellegrini saying how important it was to score the first goal against the Potters: "A big team must always be focused on both competitions. Premier League and Champions League. Every big team must do it every year.

"Stoke is fighting for nothing but nobody wants to lose games. It was important to score the first goal.

"Kelechi Iheanacho is an important young player with a lot of future. He scores lots of goals but he is not just a penalty box player. I am sure that his role in this team will be very important.

"Vincent Kompany is not able to play Saturday and Tuesday at this moment. We did not want to take the risk."


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