Stoke midfielder Nzonzi: Hughes wants me to gamble more

Stoke City midfielder Steven Nzonzi admits he's trying to do more with his passing game.

Stoke City midfielder Steven Nzonzi admits he's trying to do more with his passing game.

The 25-year-old Frenchman has defended his passing style by admitting he hates losing possession, but he says he is now fine-tuning his approach after being told to gamble more by boss Mark Hughes.

"I like to keep the ball and I pass it sideways because I don't like to lose it," he explained to the Stoke Sentinel. "If I do have the chance to pass it forward, I now know I have to do that more. The manager is telling me to take more risks. Everyone is telling me!

"I know I have to take more risks, but I just don't like losing the ball. I will start to take more risks, hopefully."

 
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