Manchester City are top of the table on Christmas Day for the first time since 1929 - but Stoke boss Tony Pulis feels Roberto Mancini will still be kicking himself over the one that got away.
Sergio Aguero's double, either side of an Adam Johnson effort secured a 3-0 win for the Blues on Wednesday evening but despite their form in the Barclays Premier League they were knocked out of the Champions League at the group stage.
And Pulis believes that is a cause for regret, saying: "They must be distraught they are out of the Champions League. I thought they would have run that very close this year, never mind the Premier League. They are real contenders for every competition they are in."
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