Hiddink hoping Diego Costa’s injury has not become worse

Hiddink hoping Diego Costa’s injury has not become worse

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Diego Costa © Francesca Ceciarini

Chelsea boss Guus Hiddink analysed the knock-out against the PSG in the press room:

“I am disappointed,” the manager started.

When you analyse the game we started too respectfully in the first 10 or 15 minutes, but they are a team who know the short possession game very well and you must be careful not to be outplayed in the first part of the match.

We were too respectful but later on, at 1-0 down, we lost that wrong respect and we tried to defend more forcefully, we won duels and we got a deserved equaliser.

There were chances both ways after that in the first half. In the second half we pushed, we tried to make it 2-1. We had chances to score in the 65′ minute, we didn’t do so and in the 67‘ minute with a little attack they killed the game.

Hiddink also provided an update on Hazard and Diego Costa’s injuries:

We will see if there is big damage tomorrow. Hazard has a little problem with his latest hip injury. Diego was desperate to play today although he was not 100 per cent fit. He was desperate. I don’t know if that has become worse, we will see. I hope it isn’t worse than before the Stoke game, because in two days we will have to play another game.

The defeat means it is highly likely that next season Chelsea won’t  be playing Champions League football for the first time since 2002/03

In my opinion, Chelsea are now in a transitional period from where they have to see how to go on, and to try to regain the lost terrain where Chelsea used to be. That’s true.

It’s difficult to get in to fourth position, there is a very big gap. Chelsea must consider its short-term future on how to handle this, but they knew that beforehand.