The gaffer explains how Stoke can be a threat in every area of the pitch
It may not have been the perfect preparation in midweek for Tony Pulis’ side as they were beaten in extra time 4-3 by Swindon Town but, in the build-up to Saturday’s Barclays Premier League clash, Roberto Martinez believes it will be a more fired-up Stoke that arrives at the DW Stadium.
“They played on Sunday and then had a long game on Tuesday against Swindon and made a few changes, so I think we will see a different starting 11 to the one that played midweek.
“After going out of the Capital One Cup, it will be a determined Stoke side that comes on Saturday because they will want to prove a point now.
“Stoke are very unique type of team and you have to be ready to cope with physicality that they bring to the game.
“On top of that you have to cope with the individual quality that certain players in their team have.
“If you just concentrate on preventing their threat from set pieces then you will get caught out by the quality that they also have from open play.
“They have got a good chemistry in their squad now because they’ve been playing together for a long time.”
With the transfer window closing at 11pm on Friday, Martinez was aware that there may be last minute changes for the Potters but, he expects that it may be too late for any Stoke transfers to be included for the weekend.
“Stoke are capable of bringing in good players and they normally do very good business around the deadline, you only have to look back at last summer to see that.
“When you are so close to the end of the transfer window, there is always that possibility that a team can bring a player in that you don’t expect to be involved in an upcoming game.
“I don’t think that will necessarily happen though because every player needs time to adapt into a team and at this stage it would probably be a bit too late.”
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