Spanish stars answer your questions...
STOKE CITY'S Spanish stars Bojan Krkic and Marc Muniesa answered supporters' questions during an exclusive webchat on The Wall here at stokecityfc.com earlier in pre-season.
Below is a transcript of the Q&A session that took place from the Potters' training camp in Germany on Friday 25th July.
Bojan, has Marc been a big factor in you joining Stoke and who are you close to in the squad despite you only being with the squad for a short period of time?
BOJAN: I certainly spoke to Marc beforehand, and he only had good things to say to me about the Club and about the Premier League. He also told me nice things about the manager and that was important to me. I have only been here for one day so I am still getting used to everyone. Everyone is making me feel welcome here.
Marc, which position do you think is your best left back of centre half?
MARC MUNIESA: I always played in central defence previously, but here in England it is a little bit different. I shared the two positions. I like to play both though, so wherever the coach decides is good for me.
Question for Bojan: Where are you hoping to play, striker, second striker or on the wing? Also have you brought your family to the UK?
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BOJAN: I like to play as a striker or as a secondary striker. In recent seasons I have played out wide, but I do feel that my best position is in a more central role. In terms of family, I am still considering the options to me. Maybe one friend will come, we will see.
What's Mark Hughes like as a manger compared to the other manger you have had?
MARC MUNIESA: Mark Hughes is similar to many managers I have played under before. He likes the team to play football, and that is the same philosophy as many coaches I played under in Spain. I understand here that the managers like the players to be stronger maybe than in Spain, and over the last twelve months I did a lot of gym work which has helped me.
Bojan, what do you believe you can add to the team here at stoke?
BOJAN: (Smiles) I don't know what I can add to the team, but I know what I am capable of on the pitch. I like to get the ball on the ground, make good plays and move the ball around the pitch quickly at a good tempo. i like to build good relationships with other players too, which is important.
Bojan, were Hughes' Barcelona connections something that influenced your move?
BOJAN: Mark Hughes played for Barcelona and that was an obvious connection, but I wanted to come here to play for a team on the up. The Premier League is somewhere I have always wanted to play, so this is a good opportunity for me. It is a very exciting league and one I am excited to play in. Mark also told me of the ambitions here, and that was important to me.
Marc - what did you think of the fans/atmosphere last season?
MARC MUNIESA: It was amazing. I was really impressed by the supporters. They came into every game, at home and away, and made so much noise. It helped us to win games, especially the big home games. With the supporters we were able to get more wins, such as the Chelsea and Arsenal games.
To Marc and Bojan; Do you two ever play FIFA? If so who's the best in the squad and do you ever play as yourselves? :)
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MARC MUNIESA: I do like Fifa, and I do like to see how I am on the game. I play myself at central defence and left back.
BOJAN: I like Fifa too, but I always choose another team. I don't tend to use myself.
Bojan, are you excited by the quality you have seen so far within the Stoke squad?
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BOJAN: Today was my first session and I saw that the idea here is to get the ball down and play good football. There are many good players here that want to play with the ball at their feet. I think that will suit the way that I like to play.
Marc we started to see the quality you posses towards the end of last season. How do you feel you have adapted to the pace of the English game and do you believe you can stake a claim for a starting place this year?
MARC MUNIESA: The last few games of the season I played more regularly and that gave me good confidence. That was good for me before I went home for the summer break. I adapted well to England, the year went really fast for me, but this year I want to play more games - but to do that I have to earn that spot by performing well in training and in matches.
Bojan: Do you think your just as good as you were when you were playing for Barcelona's first team?
BOJAN: Of course, I still feel the same player as I did then. I feel that I have more experience now and that will hopefully help me here. I just want to earn my spot on the team, do well and hopefully help move the Club forward.
Marc, have you tried a North Staffs oatcake yet?!?
MARC MUNIESA: I tried one at the monkey forest in Trentham. I had cheese and ham on. It was very nice. My Mum used to make me crepes which are similar. I like those too.
Bojan will you set any targets for the season?
BOJAN: Last year the Club finished ninth so hopefully this year we can improve upon that. Personally, I would like to help the team to progress with my play, and improve my own qualities. I never set personal targets like goals or appearances.
To Bojan: why did you pick number 27?
BOJAN: My first number at Barcelona was 27, and because this is the start of a new era I thought it would be nice to have that number. At Ajax I was 11.
Marc, having played a season in the Premier League, which team, or ground, did you most enjoy playing against / at?
MARC MUNIESA: I liked Anfield, because it was the first match for me as a Stoke City player. It was a very special day for me. I didn't play there but I saw the atmosphere and it was really special. Of course, i love playing at the Britannia Stadium - that is my favourite.
Bojan : Did you see many of the Stoke games last season, if so what did you think ?
BOJAN: To be honest, last year I didn't really see many games - that is the truth, but I am aware of the progression the Club have made. I saw the pictures that Marc tweeted and they were always impressive. I'm excited to be here.
Marc, what advice would you give to Bojan about the physical challenges and climatic challenges, particularly our winter compared with beautiful Barcelona?
MARC MUNIESA: I have told him that it is more physical here. He has experience of that though from playing for Barcelona, AC Milan and Roma, and of course Ajax. I told him that some teams play a more direct style here, but I know Bojan feels he can adapt to this.
Bojan: You've played with players such as Ronaldinho, Messi, Henry ... Do friends at school you jealous?
BOJAN: My close friends are all proud. There is no jealousy, they just want to see me doing well.
Marc, how are you getting on with prison break box set? I would've gone for breaking bad :-)
MARC MUNIESA: I have finished the third season of Prison Break, so I only have one more season to finish and then I will move on to Breaking Bad. I have heard it starts slowly but then builds up. i am excited to see it.
To both Marc and Bojan: who did you idolise whilst learning the game?
BOJAN: Patrick Kluivert was somebody I really looked up to and enjoyed watching. Of course he played a different style to me, but he was a fantastic player to watch. Rivaldo was also a top quality player.
MARC MUNIESA: Carles Puyol and Paolo Maldini were two players I loved to watch. Puyol was one of the best captains in the history of Barcelona and won every title that was possible. Maldini played at left back and central defence, like I do too. He was very difficult to get past, and he had a wonderful touch too.
Bojan: What was your feeling when you signed for us?
BOJAN: After 15 years in Barcelona, I knew that I would be leaving. The last few years i was out on loan, but this is the first year I have been in this situation. After i signed here my head was clear - it was the move i wanted to make. It was really hard to leave there but I needed to do it for my long-term career. Barcelona have given me everything so i will always have them in my heart. i am professional though and I know this is the best step for me to progress.
Do you reckon we could get anymore up and coming Barca players here at stoke
MARC MUNIESA: You never know. I would certainly only have good things to say to anybody from Barcelona who asked me questions about the Club. If Mark Hughes wants a player from Barcelona I will be happy to recommend it here.
Bojan: If you could go back in time, it would choose the same path?
BOJAN: I never change my decisions that I make, and I always make the decisions that feel right for me at that time. I have achieved a lot of things already, both as a player and as a person too. I have won important titles, I have played in big teams, but also I have lived in many cities around Europe. I believe that has given me great experience. To play in Spain is different to Italy and Holland, so I feel I have developed because of the moves I have made.
Marc, what was the superman onesie all about?!
MARC MUNIESA: It was given to me as a gift when Superman the movie came out. I did the photo for a bit of fun. If I am having fun at home I will put it on. it keeps us laughing.
Bojan which ground in the premiership are you looking forward too playing at apart from the Brit.
BOJAN: The only big Premier League ground I haven't been to is Anfield. I played at Old Trafford in the semi-final of the Champions League, and at Stamford Bridge too in the same stage of the competition. All of the stadiums have real character here, but i am looking forward to Anfield.
To both Marc and Bojan, what are the most keepy uppys you can do?
MARC MUNIESA: When I was young I maybe did 300 or 400, but we don't tend to do that now. Now we do more serious training - keep ups were when we were younger.
Bojan, do you keep in touch with pique??
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BOJAN: Pique is one of the players that I got on really well with when i was at Barcelona. I was also close to Iniesta, Thierry Henry and Samuel Eto'o. All of my old team-mates were good with me.
This one is for Bojan and Marc, how is the Premier League league rated in Spain? Do you think the standard within the Premier League is as good as the Spanish La Liga?
MARC MUNIESA: I think at the moment the Premier League is stronger as a whole. Of course, Barcelona and Madrid have maybe the best players, but them aside, the other teams in the premier league are as good as, if not better than those in Spain. I think the Premier League is the most competitive in the world.
Bojan/Marc - What was the last game that the two of you played in the same team together and what was the result?
MARC MUNIESA: When I made my debut for Barcelona against Ossasuna as a 17-year-old, it was Bojan's third year in the team. I got sent off in that team so we didn't play many minutes together unfortunately.
To both, who is better Messi or Ronaldo?
BOJAN: For me, Messi is the more decisive player. He always makes things happen.
Bojan, what is the biggest/best goal you have ever scored. And Marc, what was the biggest and most important tackle you have ever made?
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BOJAN: The most special goal I have scored was in the Copa Del Rey Final for Barcelona. My first goal for Barcelona also stands out, as does my first goal at the Camp Nou. There are a lot of special memories and goals.
MARC MUNIESA: I scored a bicycle kick when I was younger. I have made a lot of tackles, but none really stand out. If I was to score for the first team score my first goal at would be the most special. When I score I will dance.
Marc, who is the funniest team-mate at Stoke?
MARC MUNIESA: Marko is the craziest for sure, but Crouchy is funny too. Glenn likes to make jokes as well. Myself, Bojan, Wilson and Dionatan are always laughing together too. Wilson is a funny guy.
Bojan: Which coach was the most important of your career?
BOJAN: Frank Rijkaard. He gave me my first opportunity to play for the first team at Barcelona, and also he had a keen interest in me as a person not just a footballer. He was always making sure I was ok away from football. He is a very good guy.
To both, Did you enjoy the white water rafting yesterday? How important is team bonding away from the training pitch?
MARC MUNIESA: I have never done this before, and I enjoyed it. It was funny. These sort of things are really important to bond us together. It gives us a better understanding of each other.
BOJAN: I agree with Marc - group bonding is very important for a team. It was even more important for me with it being my first day here. I got to see everybody and find out about them more.