Sport We believe until the end - Shaqiri targets three wins for struggling Stoke City

13:31  17 april  2018
13:31  17 april  2018 Source:   Goal.com

We believe until the end - Shaqiri targets three wins for struggling Stoke City

  We believe until the end - Shaqiri targets three wins for struggling Stoke City Five points adrift of safety, Stoke City can still stave off relegation to the Championship, according to Xherdan Shaqiri.Xherdan Shaqiri insists Stoke City still believe they can avoid relegation despite being precariously placed in the Premier League relegation zone.

Preston North End . Inter Milan are interested in a pair of Liverpool targets , whilst Manchester United are ready to cash in on a £100m star A brace from Christian Eriksen earned Tottenham a sixth successive Premier League victory as they won 2-1 at struggling Stoke on Saturday .

The hosts did not manage a shot on target until Abel Hernandez came on after 55 minutes. Their best attacking efforts came with the game already won for Stoke and the home side still struggled in front of goal despite their late burst. Stoke dominated the midfield, with Shaqiri and Arnautovic given too

Xherdan Shaqiri_cropped: Stoke City's Xherdan Shaqiri © Provided by Goal Stoke City's Xherdan Shaqiri

Xherdan Shaqiri insists Stoke City still believe they can avoid relegation despite being precariously placed in the Premier League relegation zone.

Paul Lambert's side were on course to pick up three crucial points on Monday at West Ham, only to concede a 90th-minute equaliser at London Stadium.

Andy Carroll's late strike left Stoke 19th in the table, still five points adrift of safety with just four games remaining in their battle to beat the drop.

They host Burnley and Crystal Palace at home while also travelling to Liverpool and relegation rivals Swansea during the run-in, with Switzerland international Shaqiri believing nine points may yet be enough to retain their top-flight status.

Crystal Palace linked with Xherdan Shaqiri

  Crystal Palace linked with Xherdan Shaqiri Crystal Palace are interested in signing Xherdan Shaqiri from Stoke City this summer, according to reports. The Eagles are named as one of many Premier League clubs to have expressed an interest in landing Shaqiri, whose Stoke side are looking set for relegation this season. Switzerland international Shaqiri is understood to be set for a summer exit away from the Bet365 Stadium and it seems Palace may look to capitalise on this opportunity in the summer. Shaqiri has been Stoke’s standout performer in what has been a difficult season for the club. He has chipped in with some impressive goals and has been the team’s brightest attacking spark. The ex-Bayern Munich and Inter Milan winger is contracted to the Potters until 2020 but should they succumb to relegation down to the Championship, it’s not likely that they will retain his services. However, Palace may face competition for Shaqiri’s signature. Southampton have been previously linked, whilst recent reports claim Everton and West Ham are also keen.

Xherdan Shaqiri scored a pair of sensational goals to earn Stoke City a 2-0 victory over struggling Hull City , who slipped into to the Premier League's bottom three with defeat in front of a sparse crowd at the KCOM Stadium. Switzerland international Shaqiri was instrumental in Stoke winning

The hosts did not manage a shot on target until Abel Hernandez came on after 55 minutes. Their best attacking efforts came with the game already won for Stoke and the home side still struggled in front of goal despite their late burst. Stoke dominated the midfield, with Shaqiri and Arnautovic given too

"We have four games to go and the belief is there," he told Sky Sports after the 1-1 draw with West Ham.

"We have to win three games – it's as simple as that. We have two home games and two away. If we win the two at home and then one away, maybe we are still in [the Premier League]

"We believe until the end. We are still here."

However, Stoke - who have never finished lower than 14th place in their previous nine seasons in the Premier League - have only won once in 2018.

Shaqiri pointed to the West Ham result as a fitting summary of the season as a whole, with the club now facing the serious prospect of dropping into the Championship.

"This is really my first time [in a relegation battle], but we have big players and they have to be good in these games. We have to do better," he added.

"All season it's been like this. In the last minute or something, they [the opposition] change the game. The Premier League is so tough and every team is going to take a little chance.

"I hope the last four games we can stay together and win a minimum of three games."

Moyes surprised by Hart error .
West Ham manager David Moyes said he did not expect Joe Hart to make a vital error in his side's Premier League draw against Stoke City.Joe Hart's mistake in West Ham's 1-1 Premier League draw with Stoke City came as a surprise to manager David Moyes.

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