The Premier League and just about every top European league are reaching their final stages and every single point that any club is able to secure from this point on can play a huge role in what spot they are going to finish in their respective league
Stoke City is hoping to seal a Europa League spot that would allow them to compete in the European competition for the upcoming season but a recent string of injuries might hamper their chances of making it happen.
The latest player of Stoke City that fell victim to injury was Jack Butland as he was playing a friendly match for England against Germany on March 27 and during this game, Butland picked up an injury which forced him to leave the pitch at the 46th minute as he had to be replaced by Fraser Forster.
For the past few weeks and even months, Chelsea has been in search of a manager who can take charge of the main team after the current season reaches it’s end. Guus Hiddink is the interim coach but the Dutch manager will be making his way out of Stamford Bridge in a few months’ time.
Diego Simeone, Massimiliano Allegri, Antonio Conte, Jose Mourinho are some of the high profile managers who have been linked with taking charge of Chelsea but there is someone else who isn’t so well known as those previously mentioned who was being taken into consideration and it’s Stoke City’s Mark Hughes.
Mark Hughes says that he is taking the positives after his Stoke City only narrowly were defeated by Liverpool in the League Cup semi-final on Tuesday night.
This was a major opportunity for Stoke to display their improvement under the former Blackburn manager. They came close to winning the FA Cup recently. However, adding a trophy for the first time under Hughes will be a memorable achievement. It has been made difficult by the first leg loss against Liverpool. Despite having some good opportunities to score in the 90 minutes, the game finished as a 1-0 loss for the underdogs.
Ronald Koeman reckons Chelsea’s style of play is responsible for the results that they have fetched so far.
Chelsea’s numbers of late have been extraordinarily disappointing and there’s been huge pressure on charismatic Mourinho,
Although he has been given the job security by the bosses at Stamford Bridge, but, a lot is at stake for him.
In the views of Koeman, who is in charge of Southampton FC at the moment, Mourinho is ultra negative when it comes to tactics and that is harming Chelsea.
According to the Dutchman, if Mourinho wants to get the Blues back to winning ways, he should have a look at the other team, the teams like Arsenal, the kind of attacking Football that they are playing.
Stoke City has a tough schedule in their start of this new Premier League season as they had to face off with Liverpool and eventually lost 0-1.
The next match of Stoke City is scheduled to take place on August 15 as they face off with another difficult in White Hart Lane with Tottenham Hotspurs.
2 successive difficult opponents might not be the best way for a club to start a new season but not everything is negative for Stoke City as the English side has made a huge splash in the summer transfer window after offloading €12 million in signing Xherdan Shaqiri from Inter Milan and this recent arrival is expected to push Stoke City to new heights.
Stoke City managed one of the best results in their history after a 6-1 thrashing of Liverpool at the Britannia stadium.
This was the final match of the season and it meant little to the two teams. While Stoke had already achieved records point tally in a Premier League season, Liverpool had just failed to qualify for the top four after a series of poor form. Stoke managed to take full advantage of the poor form after crashing a poor Liverpool 6-1 with five goals coming in the first half alone. Three of the goals came in just eight minutes, as he helped himself to a hat-trick.
Peter Coates is the chairman of Stoke City; he is one the main figures responsible in offloading cash whenever it may be needed in order to sign players that can reinforce the Premier League side Stoke City.
The manager of the English club, Mark Hughes has voiced his support and confidence towards Peter Coates and his spending power.
During the first season of Mark Hughes in charge of Stoke City, he managed to push the team to the 9th spot of the Premier League and Hughes wants to continue finishing the season in one of those top spots but the coach believes that in order for that to happen a few signings might need to be made.
Stoke City last broke near transfer record in 2011 after bringing striker Peter Crouch from Tottenham for around £ 12 million.
Since then, the investment at the club has been steady but nowhere near significant enough to break the dominance of the top six or seven clubs. Mark Hughes has managed to keep the club afloat in the Premier League in a transitional campaign after the departure of Tony Pulis. He has managed to mix the physical style of football from Pulis to his attractive style from the Blackburn days. This has continued to keep the club in the top 10 of the table even with just one win in the last five.
During the last season of Mark Hughes as the coach of Queens Park Rangers, the Welshman made a number of high profile signings including: Jose Bosingwa, Julio Cesar, Esteban Granero, Kieron Dyer, Robert Green, Ji-Sung Park, Fabio and Andrew Johnson just to name a few of the players that were signed by Mark Hughes as the coach was hoping to see Queens Park Rangers climb a few spots in the Premier League but it never happened as the club continued sustaining defeats and this led to Mark Hughes being sacked.
Former England international Peter Crouch has been enjoying a new lease of life in the Premier League this season.
His career in the top division of English football appeared to be over after he did not feature a much for Stoke City in the first few weeks of the season. Mark Hughes, though, has relied heavily upon Crouch during the busy Christmas period and he has been rewarded by the former Liverpool striker.
Crouch has been responsible for important victories over the likes of Arsenal, while his performances have also helped Stoke get valuable points against Manchester United.