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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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A defeat after 24 wins for the french manager, who anyway says he's not scared in view of their second leg against Chelsea away from home

Paris Saint-Germain has broken yesterday the unbeaten run in Ligue 1 through the defeat at home in front of Lyon; Lucas Moura scored trying to recover the 2-0 at Gerland, but that high note has not been enough for PSG. The reigning Ligue 1 champions has seemed to be below their best and Lyon played after all a massive and really brave game.

Blanc admitted the defeat and his hopes for the future, because yesterday’s performance had been a shocking surprise considering the usual shiny way of playing for the french squad.

With the Champions League second leg against Chelsea right around the corner and given that they won in France with a final 2-1 score, Blanc told reporters that “A wake-up call is exactly what I have told the players. I hope we will learn for the future. We’ve beaten a record anyway and that will always be there”.

 

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There's not guarantee for Blues captain to play on the first string in Champions next Wednesday facing Paris Saint Germain

Will John Terry play on the 9th of March at Stamford Bridge for the return of Uefa Champions League against Paris Saint Germain or he has to wait beyond?

The Blues captain missed the past three fixtures through a hamstring injury and in spite of the hope for his soon return, Hiddink retains a concern over his match fitness.

Guus Hiddink said: “We’ll see how we react and if he needs a game we might organise a game, an intense game. Maybe he needs 11 versus 11 at Cobham or maybe six versus six or seven versus seven but with intensity. It’s very tight, it’s very tight.”

The presence of Terry on the pitch is essential for Chelsea, given that Zouma has been out for months and Baba still doesn’t guarantee safety. Hiddink then ended: “If the medical staff says yes and John says so then I’ll be careful because I have the experience in the past with these kind of injuries”.

 

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“We have a tight schedule, Norwich on Tuesday and then Stoke and PSG. Surprisingly the Everton game was put on a Saturday instead of a Sunday”; these have been Guus Hiddink releases after the match against Southampton at Saint Mary Stadium.

After the next two Premier League games facing Norwich and Stoke, the Blues are going to play the paramount match against Paris Saint Germain on 9th of March at Stamford Bridge; on the 13rd they would have played another League super match against Liverpool, but it has been postponed. The odd fact is that on saturday 12nd – one day before the postponed one – has been arranged the FA Cup Quarter Final against Everton.

“Normally – continued then Guus – we should have played Liverpool on the Sunday. I don’t know who has decided that, all of a sudden, the Liverpool… It was astonishing that people could change the kick-off time”.

A strange and certainly debatable decision, but now Blues have to bite the bullet getting ready for the storm of tasks.

Given that Pedro, John Terry, Kurt Zouma, Radamel Falcao and Alexandre Pato should be out for more than just a game, better not to dwell on it too much and carry on.

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

Chelsea boss Guus Hiddink reaction after the important win at Southampton:

We didn’t start very well,” Guus admitted.

“They were dominant in the first 20 minutes. There was some threat but no big chances for them, and we took it over and controlled the latter part of the first half.

“We gave them a big present at the end but the team reacted very well, not just mentally but also in an attacking sense. We maintained our composure and we tried to regain possession as soon as possible, which the team did.

We waited for the equaliser and then we were happy the corner was perfectly executed by Ivanovic. It was deserved. For big parts of the game we were great.

“The Chelsea we want to see is one which reacts to setbacks. We like to be proactive also, and this is what the team did, regaining possession as soon as possible and showing a huge desire to turn a negative result into a positive one. We emphasised that and the players responded.”

Shane Long’s goal came after a mistake by Baba, who was then replaced at half-time by Kenedy.

“I could easily say he was injured but no, he was taken off because of that. We have had some problems in the defensive execution in that part of our team.

“I could have waited but sometimes you have to take a decision which can be very harsh. He has to cope with that and I must say young Kenedy did his job very well.”

Hiddink revealed Pedro has a ‘little problem with his hamstrings’ and may be back for the Everton FA Cup game in a couple of weeks.

He expressed his disappointment with the scheduling of that fixture

“We have a tight schedule: Norwich on Tuesday, then Stoke, then PSG and surprisingly the Everton game was put on the Saturday instead of the Sunday.

“We were going to play Liverpool on the Sunday, and I don’t know who decided all of a sudden we would play on Saturday afternoon. It was astonishing people could change the kick-off time.

“We have PSG on Wednesday night, which can but hopefully won’t go to extra-time. All players need at least two days recovery, and a third day to start up a bit. The medical departments must get their concerns in on this as well. We have to protect the players. It’s a side step but I was frustrated by that.”

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Chelsea captain John Terry is expected back in training on Tuesday according to the Daily Mail.

Terry, 35, picked up a hamstring injury against Newcastle on February 13th and has since missed the games against PSG and Manchester City.

The Blues will hope their captain is kept fit for the vital return leg against PSG at Stamford Bridge on 9th March.

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Eden Hazard © Francesca Ceciarini

The former Manchester United legend spoke to ITV after Chelsea’s 2-1 loss away at the Parc de Princes in which Hazard put in a sub-standard performance.

He said: “I can’t understand these players, he signed an extension of five years only last year, when we saw how brilliant he was…and then he’s coming out with all that nonsense on the eve of a big game.

“If I was a team-mate of his I would kick him up and down the training pitch. Some of the senior players have got to get hold of him. He’s a talented boy, but his attitude is like a spoilt child. It was absolutely ridiculous.

“You don’t mind some players sometimes being moody, or having their head turned if they think they might be moving, but once you go on that pitch you’ve still got your pride.

“You’re playing for your team-mates, for your club, for your supporters, for your family. You’ve got to go out and perform, and be moody after the game if need be.”

Many Chelsea fans will agree with Keane after Hazard’s comments about a possible move to the French Champions the day before their biggest game of the season. The Blues take on Manchester City in the FA Cup on Sunday.

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Spanish TV reporter Susana Guasch claimed Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Cesc Fabregas were close to a clash after Champions League game at Parc des Princes the other night.

The Antena 3 journalist, who was covering the match for the Spanish network said on Twitter: ‘

“Run-in between Ibra and Cesc on leaving the stadium. He said: “you spoke too much today”. Fabregas asked him for explanations.

“But Ibra pretended not to hear. And they took Cesc away so that it did not escalate any further.”

 

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Here is the video of Chelsea supporters threatened with tear gas at Parc des Princes last night.

The incident happened right after John Obi Mikel equaliser.

The Daily mail claims that pepper spray was used against the fans and some of them were forced to move from their seats.

The police officers involved in the incident claimed the spray was released by accident.

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DAVID LUIZ CHELSEA

Former Chelsea and current PSG defender David Luiz feels that his side can reach the quarter final of the Champions League, despite the “narrow” win against his former side. The Brazilian scored the winning goal when the teams last met at Stamford Bridge and will be hoping for a similar display when they play again on March 9th. Chelsea will go into the match knowing that a 1-0 home win will be enough for them to reach the next round.

David Luiz said: “It’s only a narrow win, but a win against a good team. We’re feeling good.”

 

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