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 â€“ the fewest in the Premier League â€“ and claimed seven clean sheets this term.
Coates said: â€śI know he cut his teeth on Italian football during his early interest in coaching.
â€śThe Catenaccio defensive system interested him and the Italians havenâ€™t done too badly, have they, with their four World Cups?â€ť
And he added: â€śTonyâ€™s record speaks for itself. He is very good at organising defensive play and that is a great credit to him.
â€śIt is a talent, like everything else in the game.â€ť