Stokes Pulis aiming for 40 points



Stoke City boss Tony Pulis faces a tough task to secure 40 points and Premier League survival for his team, starting with a game against Arsenal, who recently beat the best team in the world.

Pulis was at the Emirates last week to see Arsenal come back from a goal down to beat the Catalans and admits his team will have to maintain optimum levels of concentration to beat the Gunners.

If Arsenal win they will sit only a point behind United in the league, and after Wenger rested players against Leyton Orient in the cup at the weekend, Pulis is expecting a full strength team against his side.

“I went to their game with Barcelona, and it was a fantastic game,” he said.

“For all of Barcelona’s dominance, and they were very dominant at times, Arsenal still had very good chances. Robin van Persie could have scored a hat-trick.

“Arsenal will be delighted to be 2-1 ahead and heading out for the return with a great opportunity of going through. It means the second game will be a great one.

“But in watching that game I can say we’re not on their level, I think everybody accepts that.

“So we just have to go there and do our best, and that’s what we’ll do.

“We have to be switched on. It’s a game we know will be very, very difficult, even if we play at our best. If we don’t, then we’re in trouble.”

Stoke sit 10th at the moment, just 7 points shy of the mythical 40 point survival target, but Pulis knows that a tight league that also see’s them just 6 points clear of the relegation places could turn at any point.

He added: “I’ve said to the players we’ve a great opportunity now at the back end of this season.

“Although we’ve some very tough games in the Premier League coming up, we have to get the 40 points, that’s massively important for us.

“The basis of the Premier League is that you have to get to those 40 points as quick as you can because no-one is safe.

“Just look at the table and some of the teams below us who have been in this league for a long time and have more experience than us.

“It shows you have no God-given right to be anywhere and accept anything other than the fact you have to get those 40 points as quickly as you can.”

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