Bradley expecting a cold, wet, windy Stoke
BY PHIL BLANCHE/ Ever since it was suggested in 2010 that Lionel Messi might not fancy a blustery night in the Potteries, the testing conditions at the bet365 Stadium have regularly been used as a yardstick to determine whether foreign arrivals can hack it in the Premier League. Be it a Tuesday or Wednesday night - or in Swansea’s case a Monday - the micro-climate at Stoke is supposed to send shivers down the spine of any individual who might not be familiar with the vagaries of English football.
But Bradley, the former United States boss who knows a thing or two about the cold having been born and raised in New Jersey, prefers to take a reasoned approach to facing Mark Hughes’ revitalised Potters.
“Yes, I am familiar with that expression,” Bradley said when asked about contending with unpleasant weather in the Potteries. “Halloween too!”
“First to the famous line, I think you still go there expecting that it might be cold, might be windy. I don’t think those things have changed. But at the same time, Mark Hughes’ teams still have a definite way of going about it. “So, football-wise, they have some talented players and a sense, with their system, how guys move, how they find chances. So for us, you have to go understanding it might be cold and windy but still be ready for the football challenges this Stoke team has.”
Midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson leads the way as Swansea boss Bob Bradley puts his players through their paces.