The Blues won the league title in May and also reached the FA Cup final in a glorious first season at Chelsea for the former Italy coach.
"I think our performance was very positive, we started the game very well with great desire to score early because, as I've said before, in this type of game if you score early it can become easier because your opponent has to change their plan". But to finish this year in this way is great for me, the club and the fans. "Last year, we were eliminated in the fourth round against West Ham".
Youngsters Josh Tymon and Tom Edwards were included and Stoke were well beaten, but Hughes expects to have the likes of Joe Allen, Xherdan Shaqiri, Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting and possibly Eric Pieters back for the Newcastle game.
Yes, manager Antonio Conte did rest Eden Hazard but was otherwise confident in playing more first- team regulars in the knowledge that he does not now have to deal with the same 48-hour turnaround as Stoke.
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Yet the absences of Eden Hazard, Cesc Fabregas and Andreas Christensen in the interest of squad rotation went nearly unnoticed against a hapless Stoke.
The effect was somewhat predictable - Stoke found themselves 3-0 down inside 23 minutes, and although the visitors battled hard, Chelsea wrapped up a big win thanks to goals from Willian and Davide Zappacosta in the second half.
Speaking after the game on Saturday, Hughes admitted his squad had been stretched by the hectic Christmas schedule and said injuries in defence had forced his hand. We rested players carrying knocks who will be fresh and ready to go.