Stoke City suffered a huge defeat to Chelsea in the English Premier League on Saturday, losing 4-0 with Alvaro Morata grabbing a hat-trick.

For manager Mark Hughes, the defending champions were not so spectacular, if not for his catastrophic defense line.

At the Bet 365 Stadium this season, Stoke City beat Arsenal and forced Manchester United to a draw.

But a groin injury to Bruno Martins Indi ensured Stoke finished the afternoon without a specialist centre-half, a condition Hughes believes Chelsea capitalized on.

“The story of our game is that when you go up against a side of the quality of Chelsea you have to make sure you don’t have these catastrophic defensive moments and we had at least three.

It wasn’t helped by Bruno Martins Indi coming off, which means that apart from Kurt Zouma (who missed the game) we have no central defenders and that is going to be very tough."

Hughes added that Stoke made a worst start after conceding just two minutes into kick off and suffering a 2-0 loss at half time.

For Hughes, the last two goals embellished the result.

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