Stoke City’s Tony Pulis: I’ve no problem with Roberto Mancini

Stoke City manager Tony Pulis insists he has no problem with Roberto Mancini ahead of Manchester City's trip to the Britannia

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Tony Pulis led Stoke City to a 14th-place finish last season Photo: Back Page Images

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Tony Pulis insists he has no problem with Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini ahead of the Premier League champions’ trip to the Britannia Stadium.

City were only able to secure a point at the Britannia last season, with Peter Crouch scoring a wonder strike in a 1-1 draw back in March.

Mancini was angered by Stoke’s approach to the game after the Eastlands outfit’s bid to win the top-flight crown took a blow.

“What happened with Roberto Mancini and myself after the game is between me and him,” said Pulis, “But he called. And he spoke in Italian.

“I understand why Roberto was disappointed. They were in the mix then and we gave them a hard game and got a great result.

“We performed really well and I could understand it [his reaction]. Like I say, I have no problems and no issues with him.”

Pulis, who has signed Charlie Adam, Steven N’Zonzi and Michael Owen during the summer transfer window, is confident his Stoke side can give any team a game at the Britannia, including the defending champions.

“The Premier League is not a level playing field,” Pulis added. “If you look what they have got and we have got, then there is an enormous gap.

“But the great thing about the Premier League is that teams can still be competitive.

“That’s where we have it over the Spanish league. We actually can compete against the top teams on a given day. It’s not like that in Spain when you look at Barcelona and Real Madrid.

“I hope it never gets like that in England. I hope it remains the same because we need that.

“Nobody enjoys coming to the Brit and we make it as difficult as we possibly can. Not in a bad way. We are just nice and competitive… and there is nothing wrong with that.”

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