Hughes brimming with confidence

Stoke City manager Mark Hughes is confident his side can beat anyone over two games after watching them advance to the League Cup semi-final on Tuesday.

The Potters reached the final four of the competition for the first time since winning it in 1972, with a 2-0 win over Sheffield Wednesday and will now face one of Manchester City, Liverpool, Everton or Southampton over two legs in the semi-finals.

"We'd love to go all the way but there's still some good teams left in," Hughes told Sky Sports.

"It's going to be difficult but I think we are enjoying these games and we'll look forward to the two huge ones in the coming weeks. Over two games I think we'd back ourselves against anybody.

"Southampton we beat a couple of weeks back, we did the double over Everton last season, we have beaten Manchester City and Liverpool, I seem to recall, we beat in the last game of last season, so we have got a chance."

Stoke looked comfortable throughout their quarter-final encounter against Wednesday and Hughes was happy with how thoroughly they controlled the cup-tie.

"Sheffield Wednesday came here having beat two Premier League sides in previous rounds and we knew that if we allowed them a foothold in the game it would cause us problems," he added.

"We didn't really allow that to happen and that's really pleasing from our point of view.

"Obviously we got the goal through a great strike. It's great play from Joselu on the right-hand side and a great finish from Afellay.

"From that point onwards we restricted them to very few opportunities and we had good control. We managed the game quite comfortably."

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