Chelsea manager Guus Hiddink is having a hard time choosing which striker would play tonight to substitute banned Diego Costa: both Eden Hazard – who can play as a “false nine” – and Loic Remy travelled with the squad to Manchester but they are not fully fit and will undergo fitness tests.
On Diego Costa’s absence, he claimed:
“That’s a setback. I could complain a lot but that’s not my nature. We have to go on and find a solution as soon as possible. But it is a setback, it’s true.”
On Hazard‘s situation:
“He [Hazard] came in a bit late because we sent him away for holidays for a few days and because of his injuries,” he said speaking to the press before Manchester United clash.
“He came back and he trained the last three days with us. For me, he is not top fit yet but very fresh in his mind and that’s important, so he has to also get training and games.”
Hiddink reveales that Radamel Falcao is not ready to play yet:
“He [Falcao] is training with us, but there is a difference of being fit and game fit. You need longer in training. We talked to him about the intensity of training. If you are fit to train, the next step is to be game fit.”
Hiddink was then asked if he thinks Falcao will ever find his best form again, Hiddink added: “We have to see him for a bit longer.”
The Dutch manager revealed that Chelsea won’t go to Old Trafford to set up a defensive game:
“We are going there and it will be difficult, but I hope this team will show in every game, home and away, the ambition that they showed against Watford in going for a win anywhere.”