Manuel Pellegrini Expects Better From Beaten Manchester City F.C.

English Premier League champions Manchester City F.C. suffered a shock defeat against Stoke City at home.

updated: August 31, 2014 09:55 IST
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Sergio Aguero (R) and Stoke City's Marc Wilson battle for the ball.

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Manchester: Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini said his side was entering the international break dissatisfied with their start to the season following a surprise 1-0 home defeat by Stoke City.

City were well short of the form that delivered the Premier League title to the Etihad Stadium last season, falling to a fine second-half goal from former Manchester United forward Mame Biram Diouf in Saturday's game.

Pellegrini confessed his target had been to reach the international break with a maximum return from City's opening three games; an aim that seemed well within their grasp following an impressive win over Liverpool on their last home outing.

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