Stoke City: Old boy Huth hoping to give Chelsea the Blues
R OBERT Huth is the only Chelsea fan hoping they don't complete a difficult week with victory today.
The Stoke City defender will be doing his damndest to stop Roberto Di Matteo's side at Stamford Bridge as the Potters go for their first win over Chelsea in the Premier League.
Of course, Huth will be in familiar surroundings, having joined Chelsea at 16 just after leaving school in Berlin.
The 27-year-old spent five years at the Bridge before moving to Middlesbrough, long enough to have plenty of respect for the side, whoever the manager happens to be.
Andre Villas-Boas lost his job after last week's defeat at West Brom, but caretaker boss Di Matteo got off to a winning start with a 2-0 FA Cup victory at Birmingham on Tuesday.
Despite the "slump" of one win in seven games which cost Villas-Boas his job, Chelsea are still in the Champions League and only three points behind fourth-placed Arsenal in the Premier League.
Huth said: "I'm still a Chelsea supporter and I'm sure they will turn it around.
"They've got 11 games to go, so hopefully they can get a run together and get into the Champions League. I always look for their results.
"Fourth place is going to be tough for them, though, because Arsenal are on a really good run."
Huth is more concerned with helping Stoke stay in the top 10 as they attempt to clinch a first top-half finish since promotion to the Premier League in 2008.
Back-to-back home wins over Swansea and Norwich City have lifted the Potters into ninth place, a comfortable 14 points clear of the relegation zone.
But Huth is not convinced City are safe just yet. He said: "First of all we want to stay in the league and then the aim is to get into the top 10.
"We want to improve on our position from last season (13th) and we are not quite there yet.
"We need a few more wins, but the gap between us and the relegation zone is getting bigger.
"You look ahead at the games and think you can draw one there, then win one, but it never quite turns out like that."
Tony Pulis will be looking ahead to a mouth-watering fortnight of fixtures for the Potters.
Stoke are at Liverpool in the FA Cup next Sunday, then at Tottenham a week on Wednesday before a home game against Manchester City the following Saturday.
The City boss says he is going to rotate his squad, but the away match at Tottenham looks a more likely fixture to rest players than tomorrow's game at Stamford Bridge.
"We've not got a brilliant record there," added the big Stoke defender.
"We lost 7-0 at Stamford Bridge a couple of seasons ago, so anything after that will be an improvement."
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