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Lambert Hopeful For Stoke Survival Bid

Stoke City manager Paul Lambert believes the achievement of keeping the club in the Premier League would be comparable with winning the Champions League.

The Potters are second-from-bottom in the table, three points from safety with only two games left – the first of them being at home to mid-table Crystal Palace on Saturday.

But they are without a win in 12 league games, the last of them being a 2-0 defeat of fellow strugglers Huddersfield Town in Lambert’s first game as manager.

Despite this the former Aston Villa boss, who won European football’s biggest prize with Borussia Dortmund as a player, is confident his squad is capable of achieving the two victories that are likely to be needed to retain their top-flight status.

He said: “There is plenty of belief we can get out of trouble. I’ve been really fortunate to win the Champions League as a player and win league titles, but keeping this club up would be up there in terms of my achievements.

“The most important thing is the club stays up. For me it would be massive for us to stay up, but it would be bigger for the club.

“We have been playing well but have just lacked a killer pass and a bit of luck at times. We just have to try everything we can to score goals.”

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