Stoke City chairman Peter Coates says their strong defensive record is down to manager Tony Pulis' love of Italy!
The Potters have conceded just two goals at home ‚Äď the fewest in the Premier League ‚Äď and claimed seven clean sheets this term.
Coates said: ‚ÄúI know he cut his teeth on Italian football during his early interest in coaching.
‚ÄúThe Catenaccio defensive system interested him and the Italians haven‚Äôt done too badly, have they, with their four World Cups?‚ÄĚ
And he added: ‚ÄúTony‚Äôs record speaks for itself. He is very good at organising defensive play and that is a great credit to him.
‚ÄúIt is a talent, like everything else in the game.‚ÄĚ