Stoke boss Mark Hughes says his side will need to be on top form to get anything out of their trip to Chelsea on Saturday.
The Potters head into the game on the back of three successive Premier League wins, but Chelsea have not been beaten domestically since a 2-1 defeat at Leicester in December.
Hughes is at a loss to explain Chelsea’s struggles earlier in the campaign, prior to the arrival of Guus Hiddink as manager, and he is expecting a stern test at Stamford Bridge this weekend.
“I think everybody was scratching their heads as to why Chelsea couldn’t win games,” he is quoted as saying by the BBC.
“It’s only in recent weeks that they’ve been able to get in the top 10 for the first time. No-one could have anticipated that at the start of the season.
“They’ve got themselves into a position where they can have a strong finish and may well get into the European places. They may need others to slip up but they have the potential to go on a run which can take them a long way.”