Guus Hiddink press conference ahead of the Premier League match with Manchester City at Stamford Bridge:
TERRY, HAZARD, REMY OUT - “I think we had a good week, I am especially happy that some injured players came in, not all of them because Terry, Hazard and Remy are still out.
“It’s good to see of what they are able to do, I think I will play some youngsters, so they will get the experience, they have to go into tomorrow’s match with ambition and desire, we want to to do a good row until the rest of the season.
MAN CITY – “For Man City is good to be in the last four of Europe, it’s a reward for their season, Liverpool was able to qualify after a crazy game and for English football is good to have two teams winning in the European games.
“If City can be distracted from the Champions League? They had a wonderful week and they have still some days before they play Real Madrid, it’s encouraging for us, it’s one reason more to expect a strong opposition.”
CHELSEA SEASON – “You have to consider all season: half way in December Chelsea was one point from the relegation, it was difficult to imagine that you could compete for the title at the end. These games are normally the ones that decide the championship, unfortunately this time not.”
DE BRUYNE-LUKAKU – “They are quality players, it would not be nice to neglect that, they got huge qualities, their career has improved so far, it’s good to see them performing well, also for the upcoming EURO.”
EDEN HAZARD - “It’s been a long period [ since he has been injured] it hasn’t been alarming, but now he is coming back. It’s difficult when you are the player of the year, and then you have this drastic fall of form.
“I was breaking my head too to understand how to have him on track, I think he fell to match into injuries and it was difficult for him to come back.”
DIEGO COSTA - “He could take a break since he was missing some games but he didn’t, he worked very hard, he was in Cobham working with the staff, he is very ambitious, very eager to play.”
CHELSEA MOTIVATION FOR THE REST OF THE SEASON - “It’s strange, because this club used to be involved in the last weeks of the season in some fight for some title. You are a little be empty because there is no silverware to go for, this has been a very difficult season, but we made a great step out of relegation zone, some days you think about the thing you don’t fight for nothing, but then you have to react.
You see a little bit of [bad] reaction from the players, going a little bit more on injuries, now they must show what they are capable of.”
NEXT SEASON - “Of course there is a lot of work to do, they have to restart their energy.”
HIS FUTURE - “If I am asked I am available for this club.”
WHY SEASON WAS WRONG - “You have to go back to the start of the season, to August, untile December… We can make an analysis, of course I’ve got my opinion, but I think it’s not good for me to do it here.”
REACTION - “I want a reaction after the setback with the first defeat in the Premier League. For them it’s important to show what they can do, to show that they are happy to play for this big club. Some of them are going to play in the EURO, and they must arrive prepared, because it’s a tough competition.”
COMPETITION – “Some clubs will have more money to spend in the next years, I think for the football is good that also smaller clubs will have the chance to sign better players.
Teams that were used to compete for the title or the Champions League spot will be chased.”
FALCAO- PATO “Last week we brought many youngsters also because of the injuries. That’s good to go on that, to use this strategy, to permit to the youngsters to have more playing time.
“Pato deserved to start one game at least, to give him the chance to show what he is able to do not just in training.”
INJURIES - “Cahill and Matic are in, Kenedy suffered a small injury but he will be able to be selected.”