London - Chelsea are the "perfect" opponents for
Stoke City to return to winning ways, manager Mark Hughes said after the
Potters were beaten 2-0 by Watford in the Premier League on Saturday.
Stoke welcome a struggling Chelsea side to the Britannia
Stadium in the League Cup on Tuesday.
The Britannia Stadium is widely acknowledged to be a
fortress, but Hughes' side have lost three of their five home league games this
season with just one win.
"The performance against Watford was not one I
recognised to be perfectly honest," Hughes was quoted as saying by the
"But the good thing is that we have a big game on
Tuesday against Chelsea, and that is the perfect game for us. We can get back
on track. We'll be better on Tuesday," the 51-year-old Welshman added.
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Hughes confirmed that captain Ryan Shawcross, who is yet to
play this season, has recovered from a back injury after undergoing surgery in
The former Manchester City manager said he was likely to
make changes after the poor performance against Watford.
"Ryan was in my thoughts for Tuesday anyway. But obviously,
given some of the performances against Watford, maybe other players come into
my thinking as well," Hughes said.
Champions Chelsea, who are the holders of the League Cup,
also need to bounce back after Sunday's damaging 2-1 defeat at the hands of
West Ham United.
They had a man sent off and the manager and his assistant
were barred from the touchline during the match.
The club face a mandatory fine from the Football Association
for ending the match with six yellow cards, with Mourinho also likely to be
sanctioned after no one from the club showed up for the post-match news
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