Tottenham Hotspur left-back Sergio Reguilon has only been in England for a few months but is well aware of Stoke City’s “reputation”.
The difficulties of a wet Wednesday night in Stoke is trotted out whenever a high-profile club visits the bet365 Stadium, as is the case this evening with Spurs visiting for a Carabao Cup quarter-final.
And it seems the cliche has made it to Spain, with Reguilon, signed by Spurs from Real Madrid in the summer, in the know when it comes to the Potters.
Asked if he is aware of Stoke, Reguilon said: “Yes, of course, from watching the Premier League.
“I am aware of their reputation and know what it is supposed to be like to play there from watching their games. That and playing against them on FIFA!”
Much of the pre-match chat has revolved around the away changing room at Stoke, with Neil Warnock describing it as a “pig sty” and after a friend of Jose Mourinho’s sending him a video of the surroundings.
Since Warnock made those comments, and since the video was filmed, the facilities have been upgraded.
But even if they had not been, Reguilon would not have been bothered, with the playing surface his only concern.
“I have got to be honest, I have not seen any pictures of the changing facilities at Stoke or the dressing rooms there – not at all,” the Spaniard said.
“But the main thing about football is that if the pitch is fine, it does not matter if you are in top-notch luxury dressing rooms, or average ones.
“What happens out on the field is what matters. The state of the dressing room will be put to one side once we cross that white line.”