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Hughes: Stoke can end Blues' run


Mark Hughes

Mark Hughes

Mark Hughes

Stoke will head to Stamford Bridge today firmly believing they can be the ones to halt Chelsea's remarkable winning streak, Potters boss Mark Hughes has stressed.

Hughes' men face a Blues outfit who are six points clear at the top of the table after recording victories in each of their previous 12 Premier League games.

Stoke's last outing saw them suffer a 4-1 loss at second-placed Liverpool on Tuesday. But Hughes thinks there were definitely positive signs in terms of his side's performance in that match, during which they went 1-0 up.

And he feels his players' frustration at the eventual result - plus confidence from securing a 1-1 draw at Chelsea last season - will strengthen them for their daunting-looking assignment this weekend.

Regarding his old club Chelsea's form, Hughes said: "The run they are on at the moment is absolutely outstanding, but that run will come to an end at some point. I don't think anyone thinks that from now until the end of the season they will win every game. We're going into it with the intention of stopping the run if we can - and why can't it be us?

"We were disappointed with the margin of defeat in the end against Liverpool, but until their equaliser, I thought we caused them a real problem.We went into it really positive, and we showed in that initial period that we can cause good teams problems."