Stoke City’s Mark Hughes prepares for ‘big test’ against Chelsea


Stoke City manager Mark Hughes said the team will need to create chances if they are to beat Chelsea.

The Potters, who face the Blues at the Britannia Stadium on Saturday, December 7, are sitting four points clear of the relegation zone.

Hughes said his side may have the home advantage, as they have only been defeated once in their past eight home games.

Hughes said: “I think that the one thing we have in our favour for us is we play well at the Britannia.

“But we need to be able to convert draws into wins.

“Chelsea are a big test because at the moment they seem to be scoring lots of goals and have lots of options when it comes to personnel.

“It is very difficult to second-guess which way they will go, because they have many number combination of players that will cause you problems.”

Stoke City have not defeated Chelsea since the 1974-1975 season when Stoke won 3-0.

Hughes said he wants to put an end to to that record.

He said: “In terms of preparation, it’s a tough call, but that is knowing that you will go up against quality players who will test you.

“They are a good team we acknowledge that, we are going to have a real go of them.”

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(Additional reporting by Kirsty Shelts)


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