Mark Hughes believes that Tottenham are Stoke’s most difficult Premier League opponents – Manchester City aside.
The Potters face Spurs on Saturday, hoping to win consecutive league games for the first time since January.
Xherdan Shaqiri will be key to any hope of success at Wembley for Hughes’ side, who held their own against Manchester United in a 2-2 draw in September, but were thrashed 7-2 by City.
“It was always the most difficult game we felt going up against Tottenham. If you take away Man City, who have gone up two or three levels this year, if you look at all the other top teams, for the most part, we’ve have always done okay against them,” said Hughes.
“We are aware of our past record against them (Tottenham), so it’s about time it changed.
“It’s an important game for us. We want to get some points on the back of a good performance and result last time out, so back to back results would be great.”