While many Manchester City fans may bemoan the fact that their side drew 0-0 with Stoke in a Barclays Premiership match on Saturday, manager Manuel Pellegrini says he was happy with the draw.
It was a below par performance from City which saw them dominated by Stoke for large portions of the game, but Pellegrini insists it was a point well-earned away from home.
Moreover, the City manager cited a number of reasons for his side’s showing and why a point was a good result.
“It was a very tough test,” said Pellegrini.
“It's a difficult place to come, and it was also difficult because we have a Champions League game on Tuesday and had an international week. So it is a good draw.
“Players played with their national squads twice in a week. We have seven games in 21 days. That's why I think we played well.
“We wanted more chances to score, but if we had played like today against Cardiff we wouldn't have lost.
“Always we want to win, but if we cannot win then we must make sure we don't lose.”
The draw leaves City on seven points from four matches having won two games, lost one and drawn one.
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