"I think the Premier League is a wealthy league and maybe the English players prefer to stay", he said.
Sterling, Leroy Sane and Walker should all have added more goals in the second half, but a mixture of Butland saves and wayward shooting meant Stoke at least managed an improvement on their 7-2 defeat at the Etihad Stadium in October. I'm sure it won't be handed to us.
"Everybody has asked me about it but the important thing is that on March 12 we have 81 points", he said.
While it is a case of champions-elect against relegation battlers, Stoke have already beaten Arsenal and Manchester United at their ground in this campaign and can jump out of the bottom three with a win. The Spain global then revealed on Twitter that his newborn son was "fighting day by day with the help of a medical team".
"That [support from the board] was so important last season and I will never forget that".
The draw for the Champions League last eight takes place on Friday and Guardiola will watch it live, along with his first-team squad, at their warm weather training camp in Abu Dhabi, where City flew immediately following the Stoke win. Paul Lambert's men now sit in 19th place, two points away from safety and look set to play a full part in this season's relegation battle which sees just eight points separate the bottom nine clubs.
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With nine games remaining in the Premier League season, Stoke are fighting for their Premier League lives. Another major concern for Lambert will be the fact that his team have got a very tough run in between now and the end of the season.
"David just explained his story, it puts everything into perspective for us", said the defender.
"But steady, we've one more game before United, which will be hard, and then we see".
"If we try to play football the same way they do then we will be beaten - that's the reality".
Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has urged more English players to test themselves overseas and experience football in other countries, arguing that it will have a beneficial effect on the national team as has been the case with Spain in the past.
"Just be relaxed, be calm and focus on Stoke". "There is always room for improvement and that is what we will do".