It appears that Mark Hughes’ latest tactical role of the dice has once again come unstuck.
The 4-4-2 was deputised away against Manchester City, where it showed its value in helping the Potters stay compact - meaning Guardiola’s men couldn’t break them down.
But its continued use saw a tough loss against Chelsea and a horrific performance against Leicester, who exposed Stoke’s lack of pace with an abundance of their own.
We’ve seen this all before, haven’t we?
It was a little over four months ago when a second half rally from 10-man Leicester saw them come from 2-0 down to gain a draw against the Potters. The introduction of Demarai Gray was the key driving factor behind this comeback and it was shameful that Stoke had no plan to stop him.
Leicester's back line was allowed to press high up the pitch, nullifying Stoke | Photo: WhoScored.com
In that second half collapse, Hughes’ men looked unable to...