Matija Nastasic backs Manchester City to beat Stoke City

City defender Matija Nastasic in action against Chelsea on November 25, 2012
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Matija Nastasic calls for Manchester City to show their quality and end a poor run of results against Stoke City at the Britannia Stadium .

Manchester City defender Matija Nastasic believes that his side have enough quality to expect a victory against Stoke City in the FA Cup this afternoon.

Roberto Mancini's men travel to the Britannia Stadium in fine form but will face a Stoke side that have lost just once at home in all competitions so far this season.

Nastasic admits that he has never played against a team like Stoke before but stresses the importance of not focusing too much on their strengths ahead of today's fourth-round tie.

He told the club's official website: "Of course, we know how difficult it is to play at the Britannia Stadium. Stoke are a well-organised team but we are prepared for a physical battle.

"In Serbia and Italy, there are no teams like Stoke, they are a product of English football and that is their identity, I guess. But I am confident that we are good enough to go there and win.

"I am looking forward to the game. The FA Cup is a competition that everybody always looks forward to at the club so for us it is very important."

The 19-year-old has featured heavily in his debut season at the Etihad Stadium, making 21 appearances in all competitions since signing from Fiorentina in late August.

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