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After coming in for criticism during the World Cup 2014 by being realistic about his team’s opportunities at the tournament, manager Jurgen Klinsmann has said that he is confident that the USA will be able to reach the semifinals of the next World Cup. The country has come on leaps and bounds in terms of football since the last hosted at the World Cup in 1994. That is a possibility that USA could be the surprise hopes of the World Cup 2018 given the plethora of problems faced by the current hosts Russia.
Fifa have been adamant that the World Cup will not be shifted due to political reasons, but the possibility of such a shift is looking increasingly likely with Russia openly supporting the war in Ukraine. Klinsmann received a lot of praise for transforming USA into top team, as they almost reached the quarter-finals of the World Cup at the expense of Belgium. It was only through the late goals from the Europeans that sent USA home. The World Cup in Russia will provide a different experience with colder climates, but the schedule of the MLS season is once again expected to help USA.
The players appeared much fitter due to the MLS campaign coming halfway through. “This is our goal going towards Russia, not to stop at the Round of 16, maybe not to stop at the quarterfinal. To say clearly, listen, we have four years to prepare this cycle. Our goal is going to a semifinal in a World Cup. And that means a lot of work, a lot of competition, a lot of grind,” said Klinsmann about his ambitions for the next World Cup. A number of players like Clint Dempsey and Tim Howard are expected to retire before the next World Cup, while Landon Donovan also recently announced his retirement.
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Steve Sidwell, Mame Biram Diouf, Phil Bardsley and Bojan Krkic are all the reinforcements that have officially been announced and confirmed to join Stoke City in their next season. It has been a relatively quiet transfer window for Mark Hughes who has signed players in many areas of the team but the Welsh manager revealed that he is interested in securing the services of Norwich’s winger Nathan Redmond.
Mark Hughes confirmed his interest in signing Nathan Redmond as he told the media: “There is interest there, he’s a good young player and a player we would like, but he’s not our player. He’s Norwich’s player and they are obviously well within their rights to retain him. He’s under contract to them and there is nothing moving at the moment. So we’ll just have to bide our time maybe.”
Even if he is unable to sign Redmond from Norwich, Hughes remains very optimistic about a particular signing he made a few weeks ago which was Bojan Krkic.
Bojan Krkic is a 23 years old player who became recognized for his technical abilities as he made his way through the youth teams of Barcelona and signed a professional contract with the first team at the age of 17 but he has failed to make an impact with any of the teams he has signed ever since.
Krkic was transferred to As.Roma, Ac.Milan and Ajax on loan deals before eventually joining Stoke City on a permanent transfer but during his time playing at the previously mentioned he could never really standout and generate any kind of a breakthrough performance. As.Roma, Ac.Milan and Ajax all had the opportunity of signing Bojan Krkic on permanent deals but since the youngster failed to make his presence, the clubs decided to not extend his contract any further.
Mark Hughes however remains optimistic about Bojan Krkic as he believes that the 23 years old forward will light up Stoke City and the Premier League.
Mark Hughes praised Bojan as the Welsh manager talked about the former Barcelona player during a press conference and said: ‘’Bojan has looked very impressive and very sharp during pre-season, and he’s scored some goals as well. But it’s what you expect when you look at the teams he has played for, especially his education at Barcelona. He’s a great prospect for us, he’s an exciting player and I’m looking forward to seeing him in action when the season begins’’
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The German defender Robert Huth was not able to play for Stoke City during the 2nd half of the previous season after picking up a knee injury which forced him to remain out of the playing grounds for a substantially long period of time.
The manager of Stoke City, Mark Hughes is expecting Huth to be fully recovered and train with his teammates during the pre-season schedule of the club which begins in the next few days and it’s going to be a great way for the German defender to get fit before the start of the upcoming Premier League season in August.
Hughes told reporters: “I’ve seen Robert this week and he looks in great, as you’d expect. He’s been in all summer, working hard and looking forward to beginning pre-season. The hope is that he will start on the same day as everyone else’’.
“He’s gone through all the stages. We were trying to get him back during the season and you’re talking about Premier League matches and getting him up to speed for those. We are in a position now where we still have five or six weeks before the games start and he’s in a good place at the moment to come back in the group. He’ll be playing big-sided games and we’re hoping to get back up to his top level pretty quickly.”
Ever since Robert Huth was signed by Stoke City in 2009 he has managed to cement his place in the English club as well as making over 140 appearances and Huth is hoping that he can retain his spot in the team when he is fully recovered although he is going to have fight for his spot along with Marc Wilson and Ryan Shawcross who also perform at the heart of the defence of Stoke City.
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Throughout his entire career Robert Huth has been struggling with his consistent series of injuries which has forced him on undergoing scans and surgeries and leaving the German defender out of action for a noticeably long span of time.
Back when Huth was a Middlesbrough player in 2006, he had to settle with a place on the sidelines of the team due to ankle injuries the German performer endured surgeries that obliged him on being left out of a series of matches for more than 4 months and things have not changed much with Stoke City.
Due to all of the injuries he sustained as a player of Stoke City during the previous season, Huth only managed on making 12 league appearances and now he is making his way back from yet another injury but according to the head coach of the club, Mark Hughes suggested the German defender to not rush his recovery.
“You know Huthy, trying to keep tight reins on him is the big problem. He’s doing everything asked of him, and probably more. He’s in a better place than he was because he was really frustrated with the injury earlier on when it wasn’t resolving itself. You know that with Robert that the work ethic is good and he will do everything within his power to get back as soon as possible.” Hughes stated.
Ever since Huth made his move to Stoke City and played his debut season with the club at the Britannia Stadium he has been a consistent and influential making more than 30 appearances in every single season except for the previous campaign which concluded a few weeks ago.
Mark Hughes is hoping that Huth completes his recovery and gets fit to work and play alongside his teammates of Stoke City as the squad has a pre-season schedule which needs to be fulfilled.