Bradley ex­pect­ing a cold, wet, windy Stoke

The Star (Kenya) - - Sports International Football -

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.”

/COUR­TESY

Mid­fielder Gylfi Sig­urds­son leads the way as Swansea boss Bob Bradley puts his play­ers through their paces.

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