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Chelsea captain John Terry is delighted by the fact that some Blues youngsters are having their chance under Guus Hiddink:

“It’s great to see because Chelsea have come under criticism in the past for not bringing enough through,” Terry told reporters.

But the manager’s showing that he’s got faith in the younger players. He’s rotating in some big games to give the young boys a chance, and more importantly for me they’ve come on and done great as well, which not only helps their cause but also the younger players as well because it gives them belief that within the Chelsea dressing room there is still hope for the academy.

I watch all the games. I’ve watched the under-10s, 12s, 15s, the youth team, the reserve team, and we’re doing great. We’ve done great in the [UEFA] Youth League and we won it last year, so the quality is there within the academy.

There’s been a lot of investment in the academy so not only do the players want to come through, the owner wants to see it as well. We’re slowly starting to see that.

Chelsea will face PSG next Wednesday trying to comeback the 2-1 obtained at the Parc des Princes.

Terry is not sure to be fit for this crucial clash due to his hamstring injury, but Guus Hiddink revealed he will be tested tomorrow ( Monday) to see if he can get a chance:

“We’ve come back from worse results in the past,” he claimed.

With it at 2-1 we still obviously have a great chance at home. Those nights at the Bridge are unbelievable, so let’s just how it’s another big night and we can progress.

“We went out to them last year but it’s not about revenge at all, it’s about progressing to the next stage of the competition and we have players who are hungry and have had a lot of disappointments in the competition that want to go further.

“It’s going to be a good game. They’re a good side as well, they showed that in the first leg, but hopefully we’ll have enough to go through.”

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Bertrand Traore has been living a magical moment since he started to get more playing time with Guus Hiddink.

The youngster always makes an impact in the games and yesterday he scored a beautiful goal that until five minutes to go was letting Chelsea win over Stoke City:

“I took the decision to turn and shoot and it was on target,” he explains speaking to Chelsea website.

“It was a great shot, so I’m happy with it.

“Of course we wanted to take the three points and they scored a late equaliser, so it feels like a defeat, but we have to keep our heads up for Wednesday’s game.

Baba Rahman started the game as well and Ruben Loftus-Cheek came off the bench later:

“As young players they are big opportunities for us,”said Traore about him and the other young players.

“We have to push, knock on the door and work hard in training.

“Every player wants to be in the starting 11 every week. I’ve had the chance to start two games in a row so I’m very happy with that and I have to keep training well.

“From now we have to stay focused, go into training and get everything in place for Wednesday.”

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Ex Chelsea hero David Luiz will come back to Stamford Bridge next Wednesday for crucial Champions League game with his current side Paris Saint Germain.

The Brazilian defender moved to France in summer 2014 and last year was a protagonist in the last 16 tie in London, when with a last minute equaliser allowed his team to access the extra time, where PSG won with another last minute header from another defender, Thiago Silva.

Luiz’s celebration after the goal was crazy and some Chelsea fans thought it was a huge lack of respect for the club that brought him to the European glory three years before.

Now, speaking to UEFA website to preview the game, he reveals he had no intention to celebrate that way but got carried away in the moment:

“I had said that I wouldn’t celebrate if I scored, but I couldn’t control my emotions because of the drama of the match.

“To score a goal in the last few minutes to help your team, when we had been a man down since early in the game … It was very important, and it kept us in that match. But my respect, my love for Chelsea, will always be the same.

Speaking about the game he added:

“It’s always difficult to play against a highly-rated attack like Chelsea’s.

“It’s hard not to concede. I hope this time around we can score too, but the most important thing is for us to go through.

“Our game philosophy is to play – to keep possession, create opportunities to score goals. We have to stick to our philosophy, and we know that for now the result is in our favour.”

“It will be another great game at Stamford Bridge, and I hope we can also come out as winners there.”

Chelsea and PSG have been drawn together in each of the last three Champions League seasons, with both previous ties ending 3-3 on aggregate and each side going through once apiece on away goals.

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Diego Costa is injured again © Francesca Ceciarini

Diego Costa was set to start today against Stoke City but a minor tendon injury stopped him to play against Potters.

After the match Chelsea manager Guus Hiddink explained that it was more precaution and that the Spanish striker should be ok for next Wednesday crucial game against PSG:

“He had a little problem on the tendon,” the Dutch coach revealed.

“So that’s why I was bit cautious not to take the risk of worsening the situation. I think he will be OK on Wednesday.”

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Chelsea manager Guus hiddink spoke today in the press conference ahead Stoke City clash: “If you put your focus on 7 days it’s not good, if you put the focus to far away it’s not a good way to get good results; we climbed up from 15th position to 10th, that I guess is very good.”

And then, about the 4th spot race he said: “Teams on the top 4th are losing points, but other teams are knocking on the door, like West Ham or Stoke, so we have many teams to challenge to enter there. Of course top 4 would be a big achievement”

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Guus Hiddink ruled out again John Terry for tomorrow’s game against Stoke City but he gives some hope for next Champions League crucial game against Paris Saint Germain:

Terry is not fit to start this weekend, we see if he can play on wednesday, he’s not with the group, Pedro is in the same situation.

“I don’t think I would risk John, this kind of injury you have to train a lot before to come back to play.

If he can play against PSG? It depends how good he is in training, we will know on Monday. He’s always restless when he’s injured, but I won’t take any risk with him.

We will do a little game to test him on Monday/Tuesday.”

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Guus Hiddink during last year's spell at Chelsea © Francesca Ceciarini

Guus Hiddink press conference ahead of Stoke City clash at Stamford Bridge

“Every day for me is a good day, if you can touch a grass is a good day, whether it’s sunny or stormy

“Terry is not fit to start this weekend, we see if he can play on wednesday, he’s not with the group, Pedro is in the same situation.

“I don’t think I would risk John, this kind of injury you have to train a lot before to come back to play.

“About other injuries: Pedro is in the same situation as Terry, Zouma was with the physios here the other day.

“The best XI against Stoke City? Of course we have in mind the upcoming two games, but we take PL games very seriously, we must stay with the form of the last weeks.

“If you put your focus on 7 days it’s not good, if you put the focus to far away it’s not a good way to get good results, we climbed up from 15th position to 10th, that I guess is very good.

“Teams on the top 4 are losing points, but other teams are knocking on the door, like West Ham or Stoke, so we have many teams to challenge to enter there.

“Of course top 4 would be a big achievement”

“To my knowledge Abramovich didn’t say anything about the next manager.

“I heard about the Champions League restructuring or European Super League but it seems more a brain storming about the big clubs. I think teams like Leicester this year deserve to be in the next Champions League. That’s the real sport, we must not forget the value of sport, Leicester with all respect are knocking on the door, this is good for the league.

“You must be careful to have always in mind what it’s going on in football. Sometimes we go too much in the commercial side.

“I think first of all the players responded rather well when I came in, the question to everyone was ‘what was your contribution in the last half year? Don’t give me an answer now, I want it in trainings and next games.’ And I guess they responded, and that was important.

“I will be every now and then at Stamford Bridge or Cobham, as a tourist. I am here for a short period, the club are going into a little transition, a new era, they are going in a new era of Chelsea, that is more of 1-2 years.

Diego Costa, it’s difficult to put a break on him, maybe he won’t have a full game, we monitor him with data of medicals and physics, he’s in good shape, but of course we won’t overload him. It’s difficult to stop him, tomorrow he will start, there is only one Diego Costa.

“We live in an emotional world, but sometimes we gotta be rational as well, there is always a danger, and he can be rational as well.

“Big clubs know that you must have a good regular season and in March-April there are the rewards and you have to be there at the top, these are crucial months.

“John Terry against PSG? It depends how good he is in training, we will know on Monday. He’s always restless when he’s injured, but I won’t take any risk with him.

“We will do a little game to test him on Monday/Tuesday.

Willian is playing very well, physically he’s in great shape, he also recover very well btw games, it’s nice to see him playing, it’s beautiful for the eyes, it’s good to play in a nice way, but he is also efficient, I guess he deserves to be in the PL team of the year”

 

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Blues boss Guus Hiddink gave an injury update today during the press conference ahead of Norwich game away.

All of the injured players don’t have many chances to play before next week:

PEDRO “Pedro yesterday was here for treatment, normally this kind of injury are not resolved in a few days, but I have to speak to the medical staff to know better.”

TERRY – “John is touching the pitch, he’s running, so we see how he reacts to treatment by the end of the week. With this kind of injuries you must be very careful because you can easily have a setback.”

FALCAO“Falcao is now touching the grass in treatment, we see how he will progress.”

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Guus Hiddink might give a chance to Bertrand Traore, Remy and Pato for the two upcoming games in the Premier League.

Diego Costa might rest to arrive at the top form and without any risk of injury to the important PSG clash next week so the manager is keen to give Bertrand Traore and Pato a chance against Norwich and Stoke.

Hiddink was impressed by Traore’s performances in the last month – he scored also two goals- when he was called on the pitch and the Brazilian is every day closer to match fitness:

Pato is able to play part of the game now,Hiddink revealed.

“But once more I underlined that we consider the chance for the young guys. We see tomorrow if he will be on the bench.

“Pato is eager to play, the other strikers are ok, Diego [Costa] of course is the number one, I am happy with Traore progression, I look also to this, he and Remy are in the position to compete.

“In the near future we see what we can do with him, that’s why we got him on loan, at the moment the other strikers are bit ahead in this moment, I like fair competiton.”

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Chelsea manager Guus Hiddink © Francesca Ceciarini

Guus Hiddink press conference ahead of Norwich clash in Premier League

SOUTHAMPTON – “We had a very good win in a difficult stadium, everybody’s performances improved in the last couple of weeks, of course now we have a tight schedule but we have to go on.”

TARGETS – “When I started in december we were close to the relegation zone, 1 point, and the first objective was to get out of this as soon as possible I think the team did well and in a short time we did it, of course Chelsea must have bigger targets.”

CHAMPIONS LEAGUE qualification – “The fourth spot is difficult, but of course we would like to go where Chelsea belong.”

NEXT MANAGER – “I expressed my view other times, I said that the club can have my opinion, whenever things are done the club can be transparent. Clear for everyone.”

CALMNESS – “As long as calmness not translated setting back a bit. You have to go with stability forwards and see what can be done in the future, to get this club where he belongs, and it belongs in the top of England, that’s obvious”.

TITLE RACE – “I hope it will be nice, but It will not be nice, Chelsea should be involved in other way  around as these clubs are in May.  For Chelsea ideal situation to have it other way around. Realistically we will be part of it in May.”

STABILITY – “You have to go with stability, you have to get this club where he belongs.”

BABA RAHMAN – “We have slightly talked to him, you could see he realised he did a big mistake by the way he pulled his shirt on his face after Southampton goal, at half time he was sitting in the dressing room and he was very down, that’s why we made a change. He has to recover, you cannot always wait, he did some decent games recently but of course defensively he has to improve.”

PATO – “Pato is eager to play, the other strikers are ok, Diego of course is the number one, I am happy with Traore progression, I look also to this, he and Remy are in the position to compete.

“Pato is able to play part of the game now, but once more I underlined that we consider the chance for the young guys. We see tomorrow if he will be on the bench.

“In the near future we see what we can do with him, that’s why we got him on loan, at the moment the other strikers are bit ahead in this moment, I like fair competion.”

PEDRO INJURY – “Pedro yesterday was here for treatment, normally this kind of injury are not resolved in a few days, but I have to speak to the medical staff to know better.”

BUSY SCHEDULE – “We look to our busy schedule now and this means we have to have a serious approach with Norwich and Stoke, but we have to be careful with some players.”

FALCAO – “Falcao is now touching the grass in treatment, we see how he will progress.”

DIEGO COSTA – “Having next week’s game with PSG in mind is possible that Diego Costa may rest in the next games, yes.”

TITLE RACE – “There was a beautiful last minute escape from Leicester against Norwich, all games are very tight, and when you win like this you have a boost to go ahead.”

ATTITUDE – “I am happy with the attitude of the players in training and also in the games.

Possible EUROPA LEAGUE next year – “I think if you can compete in the EL and you have a big squad, you can give opportunities to the youngsters.”

TERRY – “John is touching the pitch, he’s running, so we see how he reacts to treatment by the end of the week. With this kind of injuries you must be very careful because you can easily have a setback.”

VAN GAAL falling – “I also have had judo able to do so as well, but no, I wouldn’t do it.”

IVANOVIC – “Ivanovic is doing very well as a central defender, with Cahill they are doing very well, they defense strongly, plus Ivanovic is one of the top headers in the league, in his career made a lot of goals like this.”

BIG SQUAD – “Mainly I am happy to have choice problems in the matchdays, it’s always good for a manager to have a lot of players to pick from the squad.”

RUBEN LOFTUS-CHEEK – “We always do analysis on how he has to progress, we are working specifically with him to see how he can improve, I think he will have his minutes in the upcoming games.”

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