Manchester City 3-0 Stoke

City pass yet another test

December 21, 2011
By Richard Jolly, Etihad Stadium
Manchester City's fixture list can resemble a race and an obstacle course at the same time. They are setting a fearsome pace, albeit with their obstreperous neighbours in frantic pursuit, but their task is greater than that. They have to negotiate and overcome a variety of hurdles and prove themselves deserving champions. And, one by one, boxes are being ticked.

Sunday's encounter with Arsenal was an examination of City's ability to react to defeat; this was a test of their capacity to ...

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