Stoke City boss Tony Pulis is relishing the challenge of the Potters competing in Europe. Stoke take on Croatian giants Hajduk Split in the third qualifying round of the Europa League on Thursday night - their first European involvement for almost 40 years.

Ahead of the first leg, he said: "It's exciting times. It's part of what has been a fantastic five years at the football club.

"To have the opportunity of playing a European game at the Britannia against such a famous side as Split is first class. We're all looking forward to it.

"We think they're a good side. We've watched tapes of them from the back end of last season and pre-season and we've been out and watched them. We know a little bit about them.

"But it's a home game for us and irrespective of what they do or they don't do, the priority is that we're prepared, we're right and give it the best shot we possibly can."

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