Stoke’s Robert Huth believes his side can put a dampener on new Chelsea boss Andre Villas-Boas’ first match in charge of the Blues.
Huth, who played for Chelsea between 2002 and 2006, worked under Villas-Boas when the former Porto manager was assistant to Jose Mourinho at Stamford Bridge.
While the German defender believes Villas-Boas will prove a success in west London, he is optimistic that Stoke can prevent him from getting off to a winning start.
Chelsea’s first Premier League fixture under the tutelage of Villas-Boas will be a trip to play the Potters at the Britannia Stadium on Saturday, 13th August.
The last trip the Blues made to the Britannia ended in a 1-1 draw and Huth is optimistic that Stoke can emerge from the match with something to show for their efforts.
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“I spent a little bit of time under Mourinho at Chelsea when Andre was his assistant,” Huth commented.
“He was a very impressive and organised individual, he had everything in his head and would always talk to us and prepare us for games.
“He is extremely young but that does not mean anything because he has shown his credentials at Porto. Now he has been given the chance to do something similar at Chelsea.
“I think he has all the qualities to be a success there, just like he was at Porto. But hopefully things don’t start off so well for him when they come here in August.”
Before that, Stoke will be taking on Brentford in a friendly on 2nd July.
The Potters are 3/4 favourites for the match, with Brentford priced at 3/1 and a draw at 51/20.
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