Stoke City: Begovic's buzz from clean sheets
STOKE City's number one Asmir Begovic admits he and his tight-fisted team-mates get a high from all those clean sheets.
Stoke are aiming for their 11th shut out of the season against Chelsea tomorrow and Begovic admits: "We take pride in it.
"It's detailed stuff that maybe other teams don't work so much on. We really buzz off getting clean sheets and defending. I don't think other guys are into that as much as we are.
"The manager is very hands-on in training and beats it into us what he wants. We can be there for double sessions leading up to games.
"The next target is going through a calendar year without losing at home, so Chelsea will be a challenge to that."
His run of clean sheets, not to mention saves like his late effort at Tottenham just before Christmas, have helped fuel speculation linking him with an eventual move to a Manchester United or Liverpool.
He typically takes that in his stride, telling the Daily Telegraph: "It's positive and flattering to have interest and big clubs watching me, and obviously I must be doing something right.
"It doesn't count for anything if I don't keep it going. I've got a long-term contract here and if the situation arises that remains to be seen. We're on the same page and of course I am happy to stay."
He also reveals when he was younger his mates in Canada tried to get him to take up ice hockey instead of football, but he confesses: "I saw too many of them get concussion so decided against it."
* Former Stoke manager Steve Cotterill is back in football, at least until the end of the season, after taking up a short-term coaching role under Harry Redknapp at Premier League strugglers QPR.