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Stoke City manager Tony Pulis has hailed the attitude of his players in light of the club's rotation policy this campaign.

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Pulis has had to juggle the domestic campaign with playing in the Europa League, the club having qualified for Europe after finishing as runners-up in last season's FA Cup final against Manchester City.

Stoke have lost only two of their 15 games in all competitions this term, and Pulis, speaking ahead of Thursday's Group E meeting with Israeli outfit Maccabi Tel Aviv, has been encouraged by his squad's response to his rotation of personnel.

"Everybody, as a professional footballer, wants to play - if you have signed a professional contract, you want to play football,'' Pulis said.

"The big thing that we have tried to stress on the management side is that with us being in so many competitions and with so many games coming around, everybody is going to play a part and play games.

"Robert Huth got all our player of the year awards last year and hasn't been regular this year. But Huthy has got his head down and worked hard, and he hasn't been a problem.

"It's the same with Rory Delap, who has also been in and out - he would have wanted to play every game. But if you watch us train and see the attitude around the place it is fantastic, and that is what I want."

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