The full Guus Hiddink press conference ahead of PSG clash at Parc des Princes.
He started speaking about Terry’s injury:
“Well, it was not a decision made by me.He was having too much trouble to travel. We made a test this morning and it 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.
“We’ve practised with other people in at central defence, so it was not a surprise for the players that we had to make some changes. Of course, not having John is a bit of a setback. He’s a leader. But I’m not the type of coach to moan and moan. We have to go on. The players who will replace him I have complete faith in them.”
To win the Champions League is the only way Chelsea has to access this competition next year, since the 4th spot is very difficult to reach:
“No, it’s about winning the Champions League, not looking just to get back into it next year.
“You have so many good teams, though, it’s very difficult. It’s beautiful to win a big, big cup.
“We are growing. Everyone knows the situation of Chelsea in recent months and weeks. We have, step by step, tried to establish more security in the team. To play with the quality of players we have.
“We are not quite where we’d like to be. We’d like to have an array of games where you’ve imposed the way you like to play. We’ve tried to do that step by step. But to give even more security, you need a number of games won where you’ve controlled and been dominant.”
On Oscar, that missed last Saturday game against Newcastle due to a little calf injury Hiddink said:
“He had good training session this morning and will be available.” Adding that next weekend probably he will be able to select Pato.
Hiddink also spoke about Eden Hazard, a possible starter tomorrow night at Parc des Princes:
“I think he had a difficult period when he had some injuries, we started to bring him back and his first game at Crystal Palace he got another injury.
“If a player gets a setback twice, it’s difficult to come back. But now, in recent weeks, he’s trained very well. He came on for 10 minutes and 20 minutes, and played the last match in full. He needs rhythm of the games, but I’m sure he’ll be of great value for us.”
The fact that in the past two years both contests between the two sides have been decided by away goals suggests another tight contest awaits.
“It’s 50-50. If you see where we are now and where PSG are now, they are building a very strong team and dominating the French league completely. They are 24 points ahead, and are focusing to get this Champions League. A big club has to win the Champions League
“The league didn’t start well for us this year, and we’ve had some recovery from December up to now, but we’re desperate to get into the next round of the Champions League.
“It’s a big test for us to get into the next round and I hope we can do something to swing it to our advantage.”