Stoke manager Mark Hughes believes his three seasons at Stamford Bridge helped build the club into the global force it is today.
Hughes signed for Chelsea in 1995 from Manchester United and was part of the club’s resurgence in the late 1990s. When he left the Blues it was a few months after inspiring them to winning the Cup Winners Cup in 1998, the penultimate year that trophy was played for. It was just the second European trophy in Chelsea’s history.
Hughes will bring his Stoke team to Stamford bridge tomorrow afternoon.
“I had three really good years there, at the start of the modern day times for them,” he said.
“They were beginning to become one of the big teams in the country then.
“I joined with Ruud Gullit and then Vialli and (Gianfranco) Zola came in too.
“I would like to think I played a small part in the beginnings of the journey they have been on.
“I’ve not won there as manager but I always enjoy going back to Stamford Bridge – it was a good place for me and I have many good memories.”
Since his time at Chelsea, the club has won a whole host of honours that many at the club thought impossible before Hughes joined, including three Premier League titles- the first of which coming exactly a decade after Hughes joined in 2005.