Hughes: Stoke ready to face Everton
Mark Hughes spoke to the media about the preparations he has made with Stoke City’s main squad throughout the 2017-2018 pre-season Situs Poker.
The figure of the Welsh national manager admits that he sees the first team he currently has more qualified preparations than last season.
However, he also admitted that his opponent candidate for his team in the Premier League premiere of 2017-2018 season, Everton has also been through very mature preparations and has a team strength more evenly than last season.
However, Hughes admits that his team will not be afraid to face Ronald Koeman’s side in the Premier League’s first week, stating, “I am very satisfied with the things that have been done by this team throughout the pre-season.
“I have had a very mature game plan for this team, and they look so understanding with the things I want. I have no doubt that at this time, they have had a more mature preparation to face the new season.
“Indeed, pre-season activities this time is very heavy for them. However, every player I have proves that they can deal with any situation very well.
“And face every team you have to face, you are required to expel your best ability. There is no reason for anyone not to prove their worthiness to be in the first team.
“And after seeing all the results that have occurred in pre-season activities, I can conclude that this team is a team that is more solid than last season. I want them to prove it in a competitive match, especially next week.
“We can not wait to face the new season, and prove that Stoke is very worthy to compete in the Premier League.”
The loss of Marko Arnautovic who decided to join West Ham United, The Potters is believed to lose the strength of the attack line is big enough for next season.
However, Hughes remains confident in the strength of his team, which is known to try again to take advantage of the speed of Bojan Krkic, who just returned from a loan with Mainz last season.