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Chelsea manager Guus Hiddink spoke about John Terry‘s injury ahead of Champions League PSG clash.

The Dutch coach explained that the Blues captain was not able to play or even travel after failing a fitness test this morning during the training with the rest of the squad:

“Well, it was not a decision made by me. He was having too much trouble to travel. Even to try tomorrow,” Hiddink revealed.

“We made a test this morning and didn’t work out well, so the decision was made to leave him at home.

“He was, himself, also convinced he could not be of worth to the team at the moment. He has a bit of a problem on his hamstring and on the tendon in that area.

“That’s why we had the test this morning and we decided he would not participate. It will be difficult to say whether he can play this weekend.

“That’s why we’d prefer him to keep undergoing treatment back at Cobham.”

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PSG midfielder Marco Verratti just extended his deal with the French champions and today spoke along with his manager, Laurent Blanc, in the press conference ahead of Chelsea game:

“The last results give us a lot of confidence.

“We are in a very positive moment and we are getting ready at our best for thig game.

“We are looking forward to play, tomorrow’s match will be extremely important.

“To win the Champions League is really difficult, but many of us has been playing together for years and we know each other very well.

“We are ambitious, we just think about tomorrow’s clash”

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Central defenders Matt Miazga and Jake Clarke-Salter travelled to Paris with the rest of the squad for Champions League clash against PSG.

John Terry couldn’t travel to France with his team-mates due to his hamstring and ligament injury and, since also Kurt Zouma is ruled out until the end of the season, Guus Hiddink was forced to select the two youngsters for this important game.

The full squad that travelled to Paris:

Thibaut Courtois

Asmir Begovic

Jamal Blackman

Branislav Ivanovic

Baba Rahman   

Cesc Fabregas

Oscar

Eden Hazard

John Mikel Obi

Bertrand Traore

Kenedy

Pedro

Loic Remy

Diego Costa

Matt Miazga

Nemanja Matic

Ruben Loftus-Cheek

Willian

Gary Cahill

Cesar Azpilicueta

Jake Clarke-Salter

 

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LAURENT BLANC PSG
Blanc knocked out Chelsea from the Champions League with PSG last season

PSG manager Laurent Blanc spoke in the press conference before Champions League clash against Chelsea:

“We can beat them and I guess this can benefit the group.

Terry? With or without him it will be a difficult match.

“Verratti? He is young and I am happy he extended his contract.

“This is the moment to show our value on the pitch.

Hiddink brought calm to Chelsea, they got confidence again.

“Verratti cannot play 90 minutes but I want to play him in this game”.

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Chelsea midfielder Oscar was left out of Newcastle game squad yesterday for a little calf injury he picked up in training.

The problem, anyway, seems not to be serious, and the decision was taken as a precaution with the away trip to Paris in mind.

The Brazilian midfielder is expected to travel to France and to be selected for the Champions League game against PSG.

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WILLIAN
Willian celebrating a goal with Diego Costa © Francesca Ceciarini

“We killed them in 20 minutes and then it was more and more easy to play,’Willian told Chelsea TV after the win against Newcastle.

“Now we have more confidence to go there and to play. PSG have a great team, great players, but we go there to try to win the game.”

The Brazilian midfielder also spoke about his attack partner Diego Costa:

Diego is a great player. We have no doubts about him, about his quality. He’s scored so many goals.

“I gave one assist for him, he gave one to me. I enjoy a lot playing with him.’

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Chelsea captain John Terry © Francesca Ceciarini

John Terry will undergo a scan today to know the extent of his injury.

Chelsea will face PSG on Tuesday in France in the Champions League and Manchester City in the FA Cup next Saturday at Stamford Bridge: the risk is to play these two huge games without their leader and captain.

Blues boss Guus Hiddink said yesterday in the press conference after Newcastle win:

“There are two big games coming up. We’ll see what the [physical] damage is tomorrow. After an intense game two days generally is not enough.

“We have to consider getting at least three [to recover] but it’s good to go with a win. Tomorrow we will examine John Terry. He might have hopefully a small muscular problem, and in cases like that it’s better to have one or two days more for recovery.”

 

 

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Guus Hiddink press conference after Chelsea v Newcastle 5-1.

“We are unbeaten since December but we weren’t really proud because there were too many draws, we wanted the status of being unbeaten with victories, that’s why this is good.

“We tried to surprise them in the early period of the game, in which we succeeded with two beautiful goals, and the first 20 minutes were decisive.

“We have two big games coming up. We’ll see what the damage is tomorrow after an intense game but it’s good to go there coming off a win.

“The only thing we are not happy with, which is a good sign, was when we conceded the goal. We were sloppy in losing possession and we didn’t defend well. I was happy to see the players were not happy.”

John Terry got injured during the game and the boss provided a little more information about it:

“There will be an examination tomorrow, hopefully it’s a small muscular problem. It’s in his hamstring, there will be a scan and we’ll know more.

“It’s difficult and we also have a huge FA Cup game. We have to stay calm and make wise decisions towards Tuesday and the upcoming week.”

Hiddink praised Diego Costa for his performance:

“He wanted to play desperately and when the mask was fitted he said he could play. The way the first goal was scored was typical of a striker in good shape. He’s focusing on what he has to do and choosing his moments perfectly.”

Also Pedro and Eden Hazard played a good game:

“I’m happy Eden played 90 minutes, that’s why we brought him to a higher level step by step, I think that will benefit him a lot. Let’s see how he can perform on Tuesday.

Pedro is so hard working and very responsible; he knows what to do defensively and covers all the spaces. He’s so hard working so it’s good he was rewarded with goals.”

Hiddink also spoke about Tuesday’s game against PSG, who rested seven players for their weekend fixture.

“They can afford to do that because they are doing well and are unbeaten. They have much more rest than we have but we must consider when the Premier League teams play in Europe to give them an extra day’s recovery. The second day after a performance with intensity is for rest and recovery, but we have to prepare for this game.

“I’m strongly in favour, when you have to play on Tuesday [in Europe], to play on Friday. I know there are commercial reasons not to do so but I think sport has to come out on top. I think any doctor will support what we say as coaches and managers.

“The game against PSG will be much more difficult, they are unbeaten since August but today’s game has given us confidence.”

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An impressive Chelsea are leading 3-0 over Newcastle after just 45 minutes at Stamford Bridge.

Hiddink’s side started really strong and score three goals in the first quarter of hour with Pedro ( after 5 minutes) Diego Costa ( 9′) and Willian (16′)

Willian went close to score a brace right before half time with a beautiful free kick that Elliot saved on corner.

CHELSEA – Courtois; Ivanovic, Terry, Cahill, Azpilicueta; Matic, Fabregas; Willian, Pedro, Hazard; Diego Costa.

Subs: Begovic, Baba Rahman, , Obi Mikel, Loftus-Cheek, Kenedy, Traore, Pedro.

Manager: Guus Hiddink

NEWCASTLE – Elliot; Janmaat, S Taylor, Coloccini, Aarons; Tioté, Shelvey; Sissoko, Wijnaldum, Townsend; Mitrovic.

Subs: Darlow, Mbabu, Sterry,Thauvin, Gouffran, Lascelles, Toney.

Manager: Steve McLaren

 

Yellow Cards:

Red Cards:

Scorers: Pedro 5′, Diego Costa 9′, Willian 16′

Referee: Roger East

Venue: Stamford Bridge

 

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