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

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

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."

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

S

till reckon Chelsea will go for Khedira as back up for Matic. I think it will turn out to be quite a Mourihno-y window: We'll see the squad players and youth in action pre-season, say things like well, we need not buy anybody and then the club will bid £60m for Pogba and send everybody on loan.

tk421
F365's Transfer Guide - Part One

I

would love to be a fly on the wall at the meeting between Milner and Rodgers. I don't know if flies can count, but if they can then I would be counting the number of times Rodgers used the word outstanding in his attempts to get Milner to sign.

godzilla
Reds and Arsenal chase Milner

W

ell, it wouldn't be a summer without Arsenal fans fretting over losing a key player, and United throwing their weight around and muscling in on transfer deals which are (apparently) near to completion. If we can't be entertained by the football on the pitch, let's enjoy the silly off-pitch soap opera of the transfer season. Hurrah!

CamberleyGooner
The Back To It Gossip

Footer 365

Arsenal in talks with Higuain - Report

Arsenal have begun talks with Napoli striker Gonzalo Higauin with an aim to bringing the Argentine to north London, according to reports in Italy.

Gundogan yet to make decision on future

Borussia Dortmund midfielder Ilkay Gundogan could yet join Manchester United this summer, according to a report from Germany.

Liverpool close in on Milner - Report

Want-away Man City midfielder James Milner could be announced as a Liverpool player by the end of the week, according to reports.

Mail Box

Calling Carlo For Liverpool... Please

One Liverpool Mailer wants a manager who isn't starstruck by the job. Plus why Milner has now become overrated, play-offs for the title, Ronaldinho and democracy..

James Milner: Jose's Perfect Player?

Probably. But presumably he would not swap one bench for another. We have mails on over-hyped players, Arsenal enthusiasm, UEFA, FIFA and naked dudes...

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