MARK HUGHES insists his Stoke City side are prepared to give it “a real good go” when they travel to Premier League title favourites Manchester City tomorrow afternoon.
The Potters have failed to claim a single point – or even score a goal – from their five previous Premier League visits to the Etihad Stadium.
But Hughes insists his side will make the short trip up the M6 in a confident frame of mind after holding City to a goalless draw at the Britannia Stadium earlier in the season and also recording home wins over Chelsea and Manchester United.
Stoke launched February with a memorable 2-1 victory over United which they followed up with an impressive point at Southampton and a creditable draw against Swansea City.
Speaking to stokecityfc.com Hughes said: “You can’t go into these games fearing the worst because if you do that you might as well accept that you are beaten before you even get there.
“You have to go there with real belief and a real determination to make things happen, and get something out of the game. If we can do that, then we have a chance.
“Not many teams have gone there and taken anything out of them game so it isn’t going to be easy, but as I said we will go there in good spirits and we are ready to give it a go.”
The Potters prepared for the meeting with City with a five-day warm weather training camp in Dubai and although Hughes is only too aware they face a difficult proposition in Manchester, he is looking forward to the challenge.
He added: “I think the big team games, so to speak, take care of themselves, because you know you have to be right on the money and the onus is on them to break you down rather than the other way around.
“Obviously we do want to go there and create things, because if you don’t do that then you don’t win Premier League games.
“We have had a good week, we have put in a good amount of quality work in good facilities over in Dubai, so we are well prepared.
“It is just a case of nailing one or two things down between now and Saturday, and making sure we are ready to go into that game and play to the levels we know we are capable of.”