Next Game

Cologne v Stoke

Saturday, 01 August 2015, 14:00

Friendly Match

Last Game

Stoke 2 - 0 Singapore XI

Saturday, 18 July 2015, 11:00

Prem League Asia Trophy 3rd/4th Place Play-Offs

Muniesa hails Hughes effect

Marc Muniesa has hailed manager Mark Hughes for changing the playing style of Stoke City and guiding them to a ninth-place finish.

Last Updated: 16/05/14 at 13:31 Post Comment

Marc Muniesa: Praised Mark Hughes after an impressive first season at Stoke

Marc Muniesa: Praised Mark Hughes after an impressive first season at Stoke

The 22-year-old, who joined on a free transfer from Barcelona last summer, found first-team opportunities limited at the start of the campaign, but eventually became more of a regular fixture in defence and started the club's final four games.

It was also Hughes' debut season at the Britannia Stadium after six months out of football and he led Stoke to their highest Premier League finish in ninth.

His predecessor, Tony Pulis, was often the subject of criticism as he was accused of playing long-ball tactics despite managing to establish Stoke in the top-flight.

Muniesa was full of praise for Hughes and says that the style of football he has implemented is not too dissimilar to that from his time at the Nou Camp.

"It is Stoke's highest finish and I have had a great experience with many great memories of my part in games," he told Catalan radio station RAC 1.

"The way of playing is easy. We have had five years of playing in the same way with the long ball, but under Hughes we have tried to change that style and be more like Barca.

"The Premier League can be physical though and occasionally we have ended up returning the to the long-ball system."

Meanwhile, Muniesa also praised Barcelona captain and former team-mate Carles Puyol, who is set to play his final game before retiring in the La Liga title decider against Atletico Madrid.

"To me he is an idol," said Muniesa.

"He is one of the best defenders Barca has ever had and the captain of the best Barca team in history.

"Also, he is an exceptional person who has always been fantastic with me and I always will be grateful for that."

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

T

he name of the article is apt as all my wildest dreams will come through if it turns out to be true

parsy12
The Vote Pedro Gossip

Y

ouri Tielemans is everything Jack Wilshere wants to be!

ross1119
F365's Top Ten Breakthrough Stars Of 2015/16

S

o is Jordan Ibe overqualified for this list or what? To be honest I was expecting to see his name, I thought he'd fit in perfectly. Maybe his name is too familiar? Because otherwise this list should be made for him. You could actually just insert his name & stats into the middle paragraph about Brandt and it would describe Ibe.

redkev
F365's Top Ten Breakthrough Stars Of 2015/16

Footer 365

Jose Mourinho: Arsenal spending way to title contention

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho says Arsene Wenger is buying his way into Premier League title contention.

Jose Mourinho says Eden Hazard was better than Cristiano Ronaldo last season

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho believes Eden Hazard performed better than Ballon d'Or winner Cristiano Ronaldo last season.

West Brom 'agree £8m fee for Hull City's James Chester'

West Brom have agreed a fee of £8m for Hull City defender James Chester, according to Sky sources.

Mail Box

The Calculator Is On Wenger's Side...

Over the last five years, Arsenal's net spent is about 55% of Chelsea's, so shush your mouth Jose. Plus, Van Gaal is attacked and defended in equal measure...

Only Arsenal Fans Care About Friendlies

We are not entirely surprised after Arsenal fans leapt to the defence of friendlies. We also have mails on Louis van Gaal, Liverpool and more mundane tales...

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company