Tony Pulis is expecting physical Swans
TONY Pulis reckons Stoke City must prepare to face a more physical Swansea City side at the Britannia tomorrow.
Stoke are renowned as one of the most powerful teams in the Premier League.
But Pulis believes Swansea are better equipped to compete in a tug-of-war, particularly having added six-footers Ki Sung-Yueng and Michu to their midfield.
"Michael's obviously had to change it around because of the players who have gone," said the Potters boss.
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"People talk about Michu, who's done exceptionally well, but there's others he's signed.
"He's got a good knowledge of the European game and brought some players in from there.
"There's more of a physical presence about them this year than maybe there was last year."
A proud Welshman, Newport-born Pulis has stated that he would like to see Swansea and Cardiff in the Premier League.
And he reckons the men from Liberty Stadium have a good chance of hanging around at the top level following the appointment of Laudrup.
"Michael was a great player, and I mean a great player," Pulis added.
"He was an outstanding player in his time, one who performed brilliantly for his clubs and his country.
"As a manager, he's certainly gone out and got his experience, so he knows what it takes to put a team together.
"He's plied his trade in management abroad very well and I think he has been elsewhere, not just Spain.
"This is his first time in England and I'm sure he's enjoying it."