Laudrup reckons victory over Mark Hughesâ€™ Potters is vital to avoid being sucked into relegation trouble.
The ex-Real Madrid ace explained: â€śWeâ€™re at home and have to get the three points to put us at least five ahead of the teams at the bottom. I donâ€™t mean Sunderland and Crystal Palace but the eight or nine teams who are only four or five points apart.
â€śStoke are there also. If we beat them it will give us even more distance. Thatâ€™s important.â€ť
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