Pulis ‘cherishing’ Euro test

The Potters had enjoyed an unbeaten start to the season which came

to an abrupt halt when they were thumped 4-0 by Sunderland last

weekend. Pulis has refused to blame their new-found hectic schedule

which means their Premier League tie against Manchester United will

be their fourth match in 10 days – and they face another three-game

week which will include Besiktas’ trip to the Britannia Stadium in

the Europa League on Thursday. “It’s something that we’re

learning,” said the City boss. “We won’t know how it will affect us

until we get through the period. It’s different, we’ve had to

change the training routine a little bit and we’ll continue to do

that. “It is ‘suck it and see’ at the moment. There’s nothing

prepared because we’ve never done this before. “We’re enjoying it.

For the first time in a long, long time we’re actually experiencing

European football. It’s something we should cherish, not something

we should make excuses for. “The next two games will be great games

to be involved in.” Pulis will be keen to put an end to an unwanted

record against the Red Devils when Stoke go head-to-head with the

Premier League champions on home soil. Having won all six matches

against Stoke since their 2008 promotion, Sir Alex Ferguson’s

outfit are the only team to have escaped unscathed where several of

the top flight’s elite have failed.