Hiddink: “I’m very happy with the spirit”

Hiddink: “I’m very happy with the spirit”

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

Chelsea manager Guus Hiddink has said that he is happy with the reaction as the Blues secured a 3-3 draw against Everton.

John Terry’s 98th-minute equaliser with the last kick of the game won a point for the hosts.

After Chelsea recovered from going 2-0 down, Hiddink has said he is pleased with the spirit his side showed:

“I’m very happy with the spirit, ambition and attitude,” Hiddink said.

“The first half was in the balance, very tactical, but in the second half the speed went up. We conceded two goals and playing against Everton, who are a very good, modern team, you have your feelings.

“Going 2-0 down was a tremendous setback.

“But I was pleased with the attitude to come back to 2-2. We got another setback at the end of the game, 2-3, which made it difficult, but in the last minute we got a goal.

“Of course I’m not happy with goals conceded but I’m very happy with the attitude and ambition of the team, and at least we equalised.

“Everton are a good team and given the fact we were down it’s a point gained I think.”

Hiddink also provided an injury update on Diego Costa, who scored the Blues first goal to mount the home side’s comeback

“He’s in hospital and they will check with a scan.

“We don’t know the results yet, I hope it’s not too bad. It’s on his shin. We hope Diego will come out of the hospital in good health. He was in a lot of pain.”

Hiddink said that although the added time announced was correct, Terry may have been offside for the equalising goal.

“Sometimes it goes in your favour during a season but you have to be fair,” Hiddink said.

“Why should I deny it?

“Oscar touched the ball and John was offside but he scored a beautiful goal.

“It was in the last minute but they were celebrating their third goal in the corner for one minute so we told the fourth official he had to add one minute and maybe something would happen, and it did.”

Hiddink also said that it was frustrating that it took until the score to turn into 0-2 for Chelsea to play their best football.

“It’s frustrating because we want to dominate and control games,” said the Blues boss.

“But Everton are one of the smartest teams in the Premier League with the way they play, it’s very difficult.

“Of course it’s disappointing to go 2-0 down but again I want to emphasise the reaction of the team and that’s good for us to go on for the rest of the season.”