‘Even Ronaldinho Couldn’t Save This Team’ – Xherdan Shaqiri Rallies Stoke Teammates Ahead Of Gruelling Relegation Battle

Chris Wright

31st, March 2018


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With just one win in their last 12 outings, Stoke are currently 19th in the table and circling the Premier League drain with seven matches left to save their hides.

Thankfully, their senior flair players are doing their bit to rally the troops, exemplified by Ibrahim Afellay being recently banished from the club due to his lapse attitude.

Now, in a fresh twist, Xherdan Shaqiri has followed suit by informing his Potters teammates just how hopeless they truly are.

In an interview with Swiss magazine Sport, the 26-year-old attacking midfielder sounded a withering battle cry:

The feeling that even a Ronaldinho could do little in this team is sobering.

I had to realise that it’s a bit different when you have players like (Franck) Ribery and Thiago (Alcantara) at Bayern or (Mauro) Icardi and (Mateo) Kovacic at Inter.

Here at Stoke I can not exert too much influence, simply because there is a lack of quality around me.

I can not just Löffel verwerfen (down tools) but it would take something extreme for Stoke in the transfer market this summer to revive my enthusiasm.

Ahh, the old Dimitri Payet approach to handing in your notice.

It’d be a little easier to accept if Shaqiri had been pulling up trees this season, rather than scoring the odd goal every six weeks.

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  1. Hairy Rednappies says:

    He is absolutely correct, but should have kept it to himself.

    • Anonymous says:

      1000% spot on! only outfield player in the stoke team anyone would be interested in if they get relegated.

  2. Beano says:

    I’m honestly surprised he’s still on Stoke. He’s far too talented to be on that mess. They should have attempted to sell him back in January.

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