Mark Hughes insists that Chelsea are not ‘unbeatable’ as he prepares his Stoke City side for a meeting with Jose Mourinho’s men, but also acknowledges that they are capable of making history this season.
Manchester United showed back in 1999 that the Treble is possible, but Chelsea are looking to go one better and claim every major trophy available to them.
Mourinho has been quick to play down the chances of his side dominating the 2014/15 hunt for silverware, but will be giving his all in that particular pursuit.
Hughes, who spent three years at Stamford Bridge during his playing days, sees no reason why his former employers cannot collect an enviable haul, with Roman Abramovich’s riches having assembled a squad boasting world-class cover in all areas.
He said in the Daily Mirror: “I would have to say yes they can. They are strong enough.
“Adding to the squad has taken them to a different level from last year so I would suggest they are stronger to win the Premier League this time around right across the board.
“They will always have the resources to add to the squad to make themselves strong and even if they have injuries in key positions they still have outstanding young players that can supplement what they have got.
“They are never really exposed. It’s different when we have two or three injuries, our strength and our quality diminishes but they don’t suffer from that.
“You just sense their belief in what they are doing, it seems stronger than it has in recent times.
“It’s a big ask for any team to do it, a lot of things have to go your way, but it wouldn’t surprise me if they won all four.”
Stoke welcome Chelsea to the Britannia Stadium on Monday hoping to prevent them from re-establishing their three-point lead at the Premier League summit.
Manchester City drew level with the Blues over the weekend and will be looking for the Potters to do them a favour.
Hughes’ men did come out on top in front of their own supporters last season, with Oussama Assaidi netting a spectacular late strike in a dramatic 3-2 win.