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By ESPN Staff

Hughes sees chink in Chelsea armour

Blackburn boss Mark Hughes has turned up the heat on Jose Mourinho by insisting Chelsea are vulnerable.

Hughes takes his in-form Rovers side to Stamford Bridge tomorrow aiming to heap further misery on opponents still reeling from their dismal 2-0 Barclays Premier League defeat at Aston Villa.

The manner in which Mourinho's men surrendered the points at Villa Park has encouraged Hughes that Blackburn can end Chelsea's remarkable unbeaten home run.

Hughes said: 'Invariably, the big teams bounce back very quickly but maybe that defeat showed that Chelsea are possibly a little vulnerable at this moment in time.

'We're going there in good heart and I think you have to be confident when you go to places like Chelsea and Manchester United.

'Ideally, we would have preferred them not to be facing us on the back of a defeat.

'But it's a home game and we always knew that a home game against Chelsea is always a difficult one.

'When you face Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, they're used to winning there and they're used to making the opposition work extremely hard for anything they get.

'Invariably, it's a draw if you're lucky, but we're confident and we're really looking forward to it.'

Chelsea have gone 65 Premier League games without losing at Stamford Bridge.

They eclipsed the Liverpool team of 1978-1980 earlier this season to establish a new record for the number of top-flight home games without defeat.

Yet Hughes, a former Blues striker and boyhood fan of the club, has every right to feel confident.

He has a fully-fit squad to choose from but more importantly his side have not lost in eight matches this season.

Indeed, their last defeat came 14 games ago in the FA Cup semi-final against Chelsea at Old Trafford in April.

Hughes said: 'I think the last time we were beaten was by Chelsea in the FA Cup semi-final at Old Trafford.

'Obviously, we're up against it and it's a big ask because they've got a fantastic home record - but it's there to be broken.

'And the way we're playing at the moment - with a lot of confidence - and showing a lot of ability and a real threat, so if anyone could possibly test Chelsea then it could be us.'