Hiddink after Watford draw: “We had an important reaction”

Hiddink after Watford draw: “We had an important reaction”

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Chelsea manager Guus Hiddink © Francesca Ceciarini

Guus Hiddink‘s press conference after the draw with Watford:

“Of course when we are near the end of the game and have a penalty for what I think was a deserved 3-2 it’s a setback in terms of three points, but we have to analyse the whole game and Watford deserve great respect.

“They are on a winning sequence for many weeks with clean sheets and I have a lot of respect for the way they play tactically, they have very good strikers. It was an intense game, we conceded some unlucky goals – the first one was a penalty and the second was deflected –  but I’m a little bit disappointed we didn’t get three points.

“It was important the team reacted after going 2-1 down, especially against a defensive and very well organised Watford. The reaction was also important regarding the recent past at the club as well.’

The manager also spoke about Diego Costa’s perfromance, that for him was good:

“He focused on what he’s good at and he’s very dangerous, that’s important, not wasting extra energy where you shouldn’t. He did that with two goals perfectly.

“He’s out (on Monday) which means we have to think how to solve that problem. It’s a pity after a good performance, we have to solve that in 48 hours.

“Don’t overestimate the influence of managers. You try to give people focus. Sometimes you go into training and tell them to focus on what they have to do, you do that in meetings and training sessions. When everyone knows what he’s capable of, and knows what trap he must not go into, whether it’s caused by yourself or somebody else, then you focus on your job. He showed that today with two terrific goals.”

Cesc Fabregas was taken off at half time, he explained his decision:

“Today I liked our intensity but we also have to look for a balance in the team. It’s a very attacking-orientated team.

“When we have a midfield with all creative players it’s beautiful but sometimes you need a balance and I thought John Obi gave us that balance. When you have the creative players such as Matic, Oscar, Willian coming inside and Cesc as well, sometimes you have to choose in a different way.”