At the pre match conference before Stoke City’s 3rd and 4th place match against Singapore Select XII, manager Mark Hughes and Peter Crouch, spoke on his new signings, his opposition and what Stoke’s rise in the premier league means.
New signings Glen Johnson, Shay Given and Philipp Wollschied are likely to feature in the match against the select XII. “Shay given sees himself as the first choice keeper and right fully so,” said Hughes. The reason for signing him was to cultivate competition between his two young keepers and as well as to learn from Given who has had a long Experience as a Premier League Goalkeeper. Hughes also doesn’t want to put much pressure on Glen Johnson, especially since he had very little playing time with Liverpool last season.
Mark Hughes described his upcoming opposition as energetic and technically good. He was the first half when they played against Arsenal and said that they performed well, holding the score at 1-0. However, with the addition of fresh young players, Hughes believes it the reason for Arsenal scoring three more goals.
As another Barcelona youth, 19-year-old Moha (who turned down a contract to join Barcelona), joins the Potters, Hughes sees this as the club reaching new heights. The club is able to attract top quality players and if Moha’s is anything to go by, this could very well be true. Peter Crouch believes this too, stating that Glen Johnson is a top quality player and is happy to be playing with him again. Stoke are going into next season with the intention to do better than their last.