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Man City veteran Vieira: Stoke passion best in Europe

Manchester City midfielder Patrick Vieira says the passion shown by Stoke City is as good as anything he's seen across Europe.

City are at the Brit tonight for their Premiership clash and return next week for an FA Cup replay.

Vieira admires the manner in which Tony Pulis gets the best out of his players.

"All credit to them," he said. "Stoke don't make it easy for any team.

"They battle for the full 90 minutes every time they play and it is really difficult to defend their set-pieces.

"In fact, if you are talking purely about that aspect of the game I would say they have a good chance to reach the Champions League final.

"And when you look at the goal they scored on Saturday, what can you do apart from congratulate them."

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