MARC MUNIESA praised the battling qualities of the Stoke City team in the 1-0 defeat to Tottenham Hotspur yesterday.
The Potters suffered only a third defeat at the Britannia Stadium and were forced to play with ten men for the majority of the second half following Ryan Shawcross’ dismissal for two bookable offences.
Despite this, Muniesa saw the Stoke team take the game to the visitors from North London and believes they were unlucky not to come away from the game with a positive result.
“I think we played really, really well with ten men,” Muniesa told Stoke City Player
“I don’t know if it was a second yellow or not, I saw a 50/50 and the referee give a foul to them.
“We fought until the end and although the result went for them I thought that we played well.
“We had a lot of chances - Marko, Steven etc - whilst they only shot two or three times and get a goal.”
Muniesa was making only his fifth start of the season in place of Erik Pieters at left back following the Dutchman’s withdrawal at Cardiff City last week.
The Spaniard admits he was delighted to get the nod for the starting place ahead of his friend and believes it was one of his best performances since arriving from Barcelona in the summer.
“I have to say ‘thank you’ to the coach for giving me the opportunity but I must keep working and improving to play more in the team,” he added.
“I felt very good after coming onto the pitch last week and today was a very good match for me.
“Tottenham are a very good team and I think I played well.
“Sadly it was them who got the points so we have to go and get a win next weekend now.
“We have a good group of players and we need to continue playing well to finish in the top ten.”
The Spanish Under-21 international also paid tribute to his former coach at the Nou Camp, Tito Vilanova, by displaying a message on his t-shirt below his jersey to honour him after losing his brave battle against cancer.
“It’s for Tito Vilanova who died yesterday,” Muniesa said.
“He was my coach at Barcelona and I want to say ‘thank you’ to him for helping me play football.
“I want to give my best wishes to his family.”