Wednesday, 9th January, 2013

Stoke City defender Robert Huth admits he has been keeping a close eye on the fortunes of his former club Chelsea, and feels that Rafael Benitez has tightened up the side’s defence.

Huth’s Stoke meet Chelsea at the weekend in the Premier League, with the Blues making the trip to the Britannia Stadium.

For the German defender, who started his senior professional career at Chelsea before moving to Middlesbrough in 2006, it will be a meeting against his old club and as such more than just a usual game.

And the 28-year-old has been watching events at Stamford Bridge, with even more interest given that the clash between Stoke and Chelsea is on the horizon.


"As a defender, I always look out for the forwards and attackers, and they’ve got plenty of them", he told his club’s official site.

"Ba’s just come in and scored two goals on his debut, and Juan Mata has been a really good player for them.

"They’re a very solid team, too. Since Benitez has taken over, a couple of things have changed – they don’t concede as many anymore."

Huth also admits that he is happy to have had a spell at Chelsea, where he certainly enjoyed himself.

"I very much enjoyed my time there.

"I was initially there as a youngster, and then training with the first team squad. It was a great experience. It was a really great group there, and once José Mourinho took over, we started winning."

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