Ahead of the game with Manchester City Guus Hiddink focused his attention on some of the players in Chelsea squad.
The first one is Baba Rahman:
“He’s one of the guys who, when I came in, I had an impression after a few days he was too quiet, but very skillful with both feet.
“He’s left-footed by nature but he can handle his right foot very well, which is unusual for left-footed players.
“This week I played him right-back in an exercise game because I was curious how he’d do, and he had no problem.
“To survive in the Premier League he must make it very difficult for a coach to put him out of the team. He has the skill to be very dominant defensively in his area and he’s working on that.
“He’s a very nice person and I told him to be nice off the pitch but less nice on the pitch. He’s getting the experience and I hope he can make the next step.”
Then he spoke about Eden Hazard, who’s missing for injury since the second leg game against PSG:
“Last year everything was beautiful and this year everything has been dark for him, so the contrast is huge,” Hiddink explained.
“In the last few days I’ve seen him training very spontaneously, and I think that’s the road he must try to go down, but it’s not easy.
“I think you come back by playing how kids play. Just think in the moment, not in the past or future. Just go and play.
“There are different characters. If you see his skills in training, his spontaneous actions and his movements, by nature they are perfect. The conditions are there but how do you cope with the season he’s had? How does he react? He can be at a very high level but it’s not just about natural skill, also the experience in your career.”
The Dutch manager also revealed why Willian missed the trip to Swansea:
“Willian came back from Brazil [from international duty] and was devastated because he had a little complaint in his calf,’ he said. ‘We gave him last weekend off, he recovered and he’s available for the game.”