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Stoke v Spurs - opposing manager's view

Posted on 9 September 2016  - 10:10

Stoke City boss Mark Hughes said our performance against the Potters at the end of last season was 'arguably the best' his side came up against ahead of our return to the newly-renamed bet365 Stadium on Saturday.


Harry Kane and Dele Alli bagged a brace apiece as we ran out 4-0 winners back on April 18.

It ended up being our last victory of 2015-16, but it was certainly one of our most comprehensive.

Hughes admitted as much when he spoke to the media this morning (Friday, September 9), but was also keen to remember the way his charges came back from 2-0 down to draw 2-2 in the reverse fixture at the beginning of last term when pondering what this weekend's meeting will bring.

"(Spurs) have made a steady start, they are an outstanding team," he said. "Their performance here was arguably the best we came up against last season. They looked like a team who at that point were likely to go on and win the league. They impressed everybody with their power, pace and movement.

"Things move on, though, and they haven't reached that level yet, but by the same token neither have we. We are working hard to make sure we make a better fist of it than we did last time out.

"They are a good, young, dynamic side and we need to match them. We performed well against them and earned a point at White Hart Lane early last season, so we will look at what we did that day rather than the game on home soil."

Offering his thoughts on our overall campaign in 2015-16 and the way we line up now, Hughes added: "Mauricio Pochettino managed to get the best out of (the players) last year and, given their activity in the market, they want another crack at it this season.

"Maybe it will be tougher for Spurs to recreate what they did last time round this year, but they have an abundance of talent and haven't made wholesale changes. The core of their squad has been together for a while and they will benefit from that."

Mauricio Pochettino spoke to the media yesterday (Thursday) to preview the game. Check out some of the things he had to say here.