And Fernandinho echoed the same sentiments that has made City's title race a procession, saying: "We are close to winning the league but we have to keep working and keep focused, as we did since the first day, game by game, step by step".
"I know in my private life it is not a very happy moment".
'Right now nothing feels like it can top the (Sergio) Aguero moment, ' the City captain said, reflecting on the last-gasp comeback win over QPR.
Pellegrino who succeeded Claude pel in June a year ago managed a single win in his last 17 league games at Southampton.
This campaign is already the stuff of legend as City have steamrollered their way to the brink of the title.
Now 16 points clear of Manchester United, they are capable of topping United's own record title-winning margin of 18 points over runners-up Arsenal in 1999/2000 - especially if they win the Manchester derby.
Mourinho will be employing all the mind games and underhand tactics he has ever come across to ensure that even if the Red Devils don't win the game, they do everything in their power not to have to see Vincent Kompany lifting the Premier League trophy after the game.
It took just nine minutes for City to carve open a Stoke side that is looking increasingly certain to suffer relegation this season with every passing week.
"David just explained his story, it puts everything into perspective for us", said the defender. Everything else is a bonus, a cherry on the cake.
"But steady, we've one more game before United, which will be hard, and then we see".
"Everyone is asking but the important thing is that it's March 12th and we have 81 points and that is a lot of points", Guardiola told a news conference. "You can not tell me that is not how Paul Pogba, Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial all want to play". Whether we can deliver it is a completely different discussion.
"In the bad moments, I saw how the club reacted and supported me and when I wanted to talk about plans for the future, they were there".
Stoke managed to reach the break without further damage but City doubled their lead within five minutes of the restart.
"We can not deny we are close to winning the league but we have to keep working and keep focused, as we did since the first day, (going) game by game, step by step", said City midfielder Fernandinho.
"I'm going to get a little colour, which I'm needing (laughs)".
"It's a great thing because it gives the lads the chance to clear everything mentally and physically and come back to be prepared to go for the last push".