Fussball: Wie kam es dazu: can you do this at a cold rainy night at stoke. dass das immer überall kommentiert wurde?
The phrase originates from a pre-match TV show/discussion before a Manchester City vs Everton match. The two gentlemen involved in the discussions were Richard Keys and Andy Gray.
Richard Keys asked Andy Gray about 2010 Ballon d’Or nominees Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi. While Andy was all praise for the Argentine superstar Messi, he also added that although Messi scores at will in LaLiga in Spain, he would struggle to score against teams in EPL. He believed that even teams outside top flight in EPL are tough to play against. One of the difficult matches the top English teams face is away game vs Stoke at the Britannia Stadium. Led by their captain and defender Ryan Shawcross, Stoke are known for putting in strong tackles. Their physical presence in midfield and at the back makes scoring against Stoke an extremely difficult task.
Andy Gray in that show says that Lionel Messi will struggle to score against a Stoke City at their home in Britannia Stadium on a 'cold winter night' (metaphor used to represent grim conditions specially for a striker) as he feels Messi is perhaps not that good enough.
Since then this phrase has been used widely to represent difficulty of EPL and sometimes even just to emphasize the difficult conditions for a travelling team.