"We need to have all my players in the best form, and we know very well in January will be a hard time because of the games, and in February the Champions League starts again, so I need all my players at the top of their game". However, Chelsea are 13 points behind runaway leaders City, who are now on 56 from 20 games.
Antonio Conte says he expects Danny Drinkwater to "reach his peak form" in 2018, after the Chelsea manager closed the year by finally getting to pair the summer 2017 signing with N'Golo Kante in a devastating 5-0 win over Stoke City.
Chelsea continued to dominate proceedings and chances with Jack Butland making a few good stops to keep the hordes of attacks from the Blues at bay, but the third goal for Conte's men came when Pedro wriggled away from a defender before firing in from 20 yards to make it 3-0 in favour of the home side.
Jamie Vardy stunned the Reds by scoring in the third minute.
The scoring was completed by a second-half penalty from Willian and an individual effort by Davide Zappacosta, but by then Hughes' thoughts had already turned to the crucial game against fellow strugglers Newcastle.
"I am very happy to work with my players".
On a rare venture forward for Stoke on 39 minutes, Mame Biram Diouf thought that he had pulled a goal back with a fine finish from Charlie Adam's long-range pick out, only to be harshly penalised for handball.
Bournemouth ended Sam Allardyce's impressive unbeaten run with a 2-1 victory.
Ryan Fraser deservedly gave Bournemouth the lead when he steered a volley into the net after being picked out by Josh King in the 33rd minute.
Bournemouth remained on the front foot and earned victory thanks to Fraser's 89th-minute victor, with the aid of a deflection, as Bournemouth climbed out of the relegation zone and up to 13th, while Everton remain in ninth despite the defeat.
The Brazilian was chuffed after Saturday's performance, and he celebrated the win in a post match interview.
Huddersfield goalkeeper Jonas Lossl admitted that he had made contact with Burnley's Jeff Hendrick in the 61st minute as the Irishman rounded him inside the area before going to ground. However, Jordan Ayew's 86th minute equaliser handed the struggling Welsh side a lifeline.