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Stoke City manager Tony Pulis admits "second-season syndrome" is presenting an extra challenge to him and his players.

Pulis' side surprised almost everyone last season when they made a mockery of their status as relegation favourites.

But the respect Stoke earnt by finishing 12th has had its repercussions, with opponents better prepared for them this time around.

Pulis said: "Chelsea and Manchester United both fielded very strong teams against us and I'm sure other top sides will do the same.

"There is a different attitude to us this season and our opponents are giving us the respect we deserve. They are better prepared.

"That was bound to happen in our second season in the Premiership and what we have to do is lift ourselves and rise to the challenge. Second-season syndrome was always going to have an effect and I knew that before a ball had been kicked."

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