Hiddink Believes Chelsea Can Make Top Four in the Premier League
January 05, 2016
Chelsea interim manager believes that Chelsea can be among the top four teams this season in the premier league. Guus Hiddink said this after Sundays premier league win against Crystal Palace. The blues who won 3-0 have not lost in their last four games but are still 13 points behind Tottenham, the current fourth placed team in the table with 18 points.
Even though Hiddink admits it will be difficult to get there as the league has become a lot tougher and any team can win against any team, he believes that it is still possible for Chelsea to get to the top four. The odds are against the club and looking at Premier League history, eighth position is the best finish for any side that had 20 points after playing 19 games.
The defending champions’ four match unbeaten run is their longest this season and has moved them to 14th place, six points clear from relegation. Guss Hiddink who took over on interim basis after Mourinho left Stanford Bridge admitted that Chelsea desperately needed victory in their game against Crystal Palace. Their three goals in the match were scored by Oscar, William and Diego Costa. Hiddink further reiterated that the team had to get back its champions thinking mentality to enable them win more fixtures.
Costa’s goal was a culmination of superb individual performance. Hiddick noted that he has been giving Diego Costa some focus on the field to enable him not waste his energies in the wrong places. The former Russia, Turkey and Netherlands coach’s strategy seem to be working as this was the striker’s third goal in two matches after only managing a single goal in the previous 12 games.
Hiddink, who is a familiar face at Stanford Bridge, was in charge of the blues in 2009 where he guided them to lift the FA cup. Even though the team has greatly improved since Guus Hiddink’s arrival, this has led to criticism from some quarters as to why the team under-performed under Mourinho. John Terry has admitted that the team ‘let everyone down’ as this was Chelsea’s worst start since 1978. The 35 year old defender who is also the team captain further said that it was unfortunate that they were in such a position but they are slowly climbing the table.
Speaking after their clash with Crystal Palace on sunday, Terry also admits that Guss Hiddink had picked things up since taking over and that the Chelsea that played against Crystal Palace was the Chelsea that won the league last year.