The Potters chief is set to take on the Blues this evening, with the aim of becoming only the second team this season to subject the Londoners to Premier League defeat.
Jose Mourinho’s side will top the division for Christmas so long as they avoid a loss at the hands of Stoke, while victory last week in the Capital One Cup set up a semi-final clash with Liverpool.
Chelsea are also into the last 16 of the Champions League and are among the favourites to challenge for the FA Cup.
Hughes believes that his imminent opponents have the ability and the manager to do it all, even though they may need a little luck:
“I would suggest they are stronger to attempt to win the Premier League this time around,” he told Stoke’s official website. “They will always have the resources to add to their squad and make themselves strong and even if they have injuries in key positions, they have outstanding young players who can supplement what they’ve got.
“They are never really exposed but it’s a bit different when we have two or three injuries in the same position because our strength and quality diminishes but they don’t suffer from that.
“You just sense that their belief in what they are doing this season seems stronger than in recent times.
“It’s a big ask for any team to do it (win four trophies). A lot of things have to go your way, you have to play exceptionally but more often than not you’ve got to have the right amount of luck as well.
“Jose’s a very experienced manager – he knows luck always plays a part when you are trying to win trophies.”