City will also be keen to bounce back from just a fourth defeat of the season in all competitions when they let slip an early lead to lose 2-1 to Basel tomorrow. "But on the pitch, when the moment is there and the game is on, he is the guy who never hides in tough conditions when the game is not going well". While Stoke are only one point from safety, they've allowed the most goals in the division.
Guardiola, meanwhile, has thanked Manchester City's owners for standing by him when he failed to deliver any trophies in his first season at the club.
Victory puts City on 81 points form 30 games - 16 points clear of Manchester United with eight games remaining.
The Premier League match between Stoke and Manchester City will be broadcast on NBCSN.
The 32-year-old told Sky Sports Premier League: "When I play football I forget everything". As soon as possible will be better but now we can be relaxed, the players go away with their worldwide teams. Glen Johnson, Charlie Adam, Ryan Shawcross, Darren Fletcher and Peter Crouch brought with them a combined career total of almost 2,000 league games - the vast majority in the Premier League.More news: South African cricket officials forced to apologise for Sonny Bill masks
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Pep Guardiola lavished praise on the Spaniard, adding: 'Normally a player of this quality you think isn't a fighter.
"We can not forget Gundogan played in the past month a lot of games - I think all the games, 90 minutes, except the last one", said Guardiola. "The club are good because now it is easy to support us when it is going well but it happened the same last season". And it's probably not too much a stretch of the imagination to suggest they probably didn't concede possession either! I want to be part of that history.
"But before that, he played one game, rested for two, one game, rested for two, because after six months, the next step is muscular injuries".
Manchester City's David Silva, right, celebrates scoring his second goal during the English Premier League football match between Stoke City and Manchester City at the Bet 365 Stadium in Stoke on Trent, England, Monday, March 12, 2018.
Paul Lambert has certainly patched Stoke's badly leaking defence since taking over from Mark Hughes and a victory and four draws from six games is a very creditable return in theory.