Stoke City ace: My Potters teammate and I have a perfect relationship

Stoke City defender Marc Muniesa says that he enjoys the perfect relationship with Erik Pieters.

Marc Muniesa may be battling it out for the left-back spot at Stoke City with Erik Pieters, but the two of them still enjoy a 'perfect relationship'.

Muniesa and Pieters both offer a lot of quality to Stoke down the left-hand-side and picking between the pair is one of the hardest jobs that Mark Hughes has to do at the Britannia Stadium. 

However, the competition that the duo have with each-other does not seem to effect their relationship off the pitch negatively and Muniesa has revealed that he still gives Pieters lifts to training. 

"We are still friends," he said to the Sentinel. "We live five minutes from one another and sometimes we come together to training. The relationship is perfect. Of course we are still talking."

At the moment the starting berth appears to belong to Muniesa, but the Spaniard will know that he will need to ensure that his standards don't drop.

The former Barcelona defender has had to bide his time before being given his chance at Stoke, since joining last summer, but he has taken it with both hands now he has. 

The 22-year-old scored twice in the League Cup against Sunderland and that was enough to keep him in the team for their game against Newcastle United on Monday night.

Again, he impressed and Hughes is unlikely to drop him from the side if he maintains this standard.

However, prior to Muniesa's emergence, Pieters was one of the Potters' biggest stars and his exclusion is something which cannot last for too long if the Midlands club want to keep the Dutchman. 

The battle for the left-back berth is testament to the quality that Stoke now possess and the rapid progression they have undergone since Hughes took over.

Many were surprised that he was appointed when replacing Tony Pulis, who did a brilliant job before him, but Hughes has proven Peter Coates' faith in him correct and the club will be looking to continue their upwards trajectory as the season progresses.

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