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Mark Hughes backs Jose Mourinho - but will be ready to attack Chelsea's weaknesses

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Stoke manager Mark Hughes has backed Jose Mourinho to turn things around at Chelsea after what has been a turbulent campaign for the Portuguese.

The Blues have struggled to find their feet this season and see themselves languishing 15th in the Premier League, losing five of their opening ten games.

As a result, rumours are rife that should such form continue, Mourinho could soon be sacked as manager, even despite the wonders he worked last season amidst Chelsea's title-winning campaign.

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However, the Stoke boss believes his Premier League counterpart is still the best man for the job at Stamford Bridge.

According to the Mirror, Hughes said: "He's the best manager Chelsea have ever had so why would they change him?"

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"Chelsea have quality right through the squad that will enable them to come through these moments I'm sure."

The Potters host the west London outfit on Tuesday night in the Capital One Cup - a clash which Hughes hopes could spell a turn in form for his side following weekend defeat to Watford.

His side - who were on a three-game winning streak prior to the loss - saw themselves halted by an energetic Hornets, Quique Sanchez Flores' side neatly putting them to the sword with goals from Troy Deeney and Almen Abdi.

However, against Mourinho's lacklustre side, Stoke have the ideal opportunity to enforce their new-found style of play and take advantage of Chelsea's vulnerable defence.

No longer are the Potters a side who lump the ball forward and doggedly defend - a reputation for attractive football is slowly building at the Liberty Stadium.

Maybe it is a good time [to face Chelsea]," Hughes said. "They had a bad result at the weekend, like we did."

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