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Stoke midfielder Shaqiri: Lambert rules bring us closer together

Stoke City midfielder Xherdan Shaqiri has revealed manager Paul Lambert has brought a new discipline to the squad.

Shaqiri says Lambert has banned players using their phones at dinner but feels it's helped bring them closer together.

"He has a German mentality with his teams...I'm really glad he came here," Shaqiri told Sky Sports.

"With German teams they always sit together - there are no phones on the table. It's brought us more together - when you eat together you have to speak more to other team-mates who you don't normally speak to. It's a good thing.

"You get a fine if you get your phone out at dinner! You have to respect the rules. Everybody respects that - the team is more compact now. That's important for a team who needs that now.

"We are happy and confident."

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