Hiddink has got Chelsea firing again
Posted by Featured Articles | Published on March 7, 2016
Unbeaten in the Premier League under their new boss, Chelsea are fast moving up the table and find themselves second in the form table behind only London rivals Spurs having won 14 points in their last six matches.
Hiddink’s men passed Liverpool last night after beating Norwich and now find themselves in 8th place, a far cry from the relegation battle they were apparently in under Mourinho.
Eight points off City in fourth, having played two more games than Manuel Pellegrini’s side, the top four looks to be out of their reach but Hiddink has said they have revised their aim for the season and are targeting Europe.
“We have to set new targets now with the ambition of Chelsea in the direction of Europe. If everyone is available, we’d like to go as high as possible towards the European spots,” Hiddink said.
Regardless of their league ambitions, Chelsea still have high hopes in the Champions League after a respectable 2-1 defeat in Paris two weeks ago. The tie will come back to Stamford Bridge very much alive.
It is not beyond doubt that last season’s Premier League champions could go far in this season’s competition, their form is good and just think back to their last interim manager Roberto Di Matteo and his triumph in 2012.
Having won the FA Cup in 2009, Hiddink could do the same again as they prepare for a quarter-final clash with Everton after dumping out Man City in the last round.
A key to possibly doing that will be Diego Costa, the Spaniard had been a shadow of his former self under Mourinho but has kicked on under the new man, now with 11 goals in the league, he is returning to the form that made him one of the world’s best frontmen.
Behind him, Cesc Fabregas has regained his form while as a team everything seems to be running smoothly under Hiddink.
It may be a poor reflection of the players attitudes that they performed so poorly under Mourinho but upped their game dramatically as soon as the new man arrived but nonetheless they are on the up.
Eden Hazard is one player who hasn’t really seen a change in form since the arrival of Guus Hiddink, last season’s player of the year hasn’t scored in over 2000 minutes and while he looks more interested his performances have not gotten back to last years standard.
Jose Mourinho left the team in 16th place back in mid-December, Hiddink has led them up to 8th place and in all likelihood, they will go even higher. The Dutchman, however, will not stay on for another term.
Hiddink has said he is here for the short term so we can expect to see another big name manager coming to the Premier League in the summer.