Monday 26 June 2017

Pulis fired up for visit of Valencia

Jamie Holland

TONY PULIS has brought some memorable moments to Stoke City in his time as manager there -- last year's two trips to Wembley being the obvious ones -- but Valencia's visit to the Britannia Stadium will be something special.

"I'm excited," Pulis said as he looked forward to this evening's Europa League tie. "It will be one of the great games this football club has had in its history."

Stoke and Valencia are both football cities with intense, intimidating atmospheres and Pulis hopes that the Britannia will be at least as fierce as the Mestalla will be for the return leg.

Despite having been involved in a difficult group, which included Besiktas and Dynamo Kiev, Stoke are still unbeaten at home in this season's competition. It is a record Pulis knows will come under threat this evening.

Valencia are currently third in La Liga, eight points behind second-placed Barcelona, despite selling David Villa, David Silva and Juan Mata in recent years.

"They're a fantastic team," said Pulis, who saw them beat Sporting Gijon 4-0 last Sunday. "Unai Emery is a young coach and he's got the team very well organised."

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