Pulis - I'm naive in Europe

Palacios expected to make first Stoke start against Dynamo Kiev

Pulis: Admits he is naive when it comes to European football and aims to learn as he goes along

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Tony Pulis is determined to learn from Stoke City's European adventure after confirming Wilson Palacios is in line to make his first start against Dynamo Kiev.

Stoke qualified for the Europa League by virtue of reaching last season's FA Cup final and have progressed to the group phase by knocking out Hajduk Split and FC Thun.

European regulars Kiev are the Potters' first opponents on Thursday evening and Pulis' side also face Besiktas and Maccabi Tel Aviv.

Pulis is relishing the experience of playing in European competition, but accepts he is just as much of a novice as many of the players at his disposal.


"I am diving into a pool of water I am not used to so I am going to have to learn as we go along," said Pulis.

"I am as naive as everyone else at this club. I'm not saying I'm a genius at this and that.

"I'm looking forward to it. I'll make mistakes, but I'll certainly have my eyes open and learn from it."

Recent signing Palacios can bring UEFA Champions League experience to the squad and the Honduras midfielder is set to start against Kiev after making his debut as a substitute in the win over Liverpool last weekend.

Pulis added: "Wilson has got a good chance of starting. He has experience of European football. We will need that experience.

"With Wilson, it's just about managing his fitness because he had an injury and taking it step by step.

"He's had a long time out, so we need to go steady with him and give him a little bit of time.

"He's a terrific player and the lads have taken to him straight away. He's got a great sense of humour and he's another one who, as the season progresses, will get stronger.

"He's got that commitment and desire, and he's a good footballer as well."