Manchester City will now turn its attention to Tuesday's (Wednesday AEST) mouth-watering clash with Real Madrid after surviving its traditionally tricky trip to Stoke relatively unscathed.
Last season's English Premier League champion had to settle for a 1-1 draw at the
But with its three previous league visits to Stoke also ending with the same scoreline, manager
The focus can now shift to the
Mancini said: "Real Madrid are one of the best teams in the world.
"To play the first game away will be very tough but at the same time I think it will be a fantastic game for everyone."
Last season's top scorer
Aguero suffered a knee injury in the opening league game against Southampton but is now back in training, although he was not risked at Stoke.
When asked if the Argentinian could be available, Mancini said: "Sergio has had one week working with the team, I think so."
City was the stronger team at the Britannia but was left with work to do after
But the strike had little in common with his stunning volley in last season's contest between the two sides, as Crouch got away with a clear handball before touching home from close range.
City got its equaliser when debutant
There was still time for
Another of Mancini's new signings,
"They don't really pass it around, they have a lot of big guys winning headers and the ball is in the air.
"We have got to adapt to that and it is a bit disappointing we didn't get the three points.
"But we have got the point and we can push forward and look forward to the Bernabeu."
English Premier League
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