Hughes: St. Pauli will provide a stern test

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Stoke City manager Mark Hughes believes Bundesliga II outfit St. Pauli will provide his players with a good challenge on Tuesday.

The Potters are in Germany as they prepare for the pre-season friendly at the Millerntor Stadium, and Hughes is looking forward to seeing how his side holds up.

“We are delighted to be here, and very much looking forward to working with St. Pauli over the coming years," he told a press conference, according to the club's official website.

“From a football perspective we are very much into the final stages of our preparations ahead of the new season, so this will be another real challenge for the guys.

“As we get nearer to the start of the Premier League we wanted bigger tests, and coming here playing against St. Pauli makes perfect sense on a football level.

“They have started their season already, which they have made a very good start too, and they will be a little bit ahead of us in terms of fitness and sharpness, so it will challenge our guys.

“It is certainly a challenge we are looking forward to though, there will be a decent crowd in attendance and they will certainly put us through our paces on the pitch.”