Hiddink: “The demands are very high”

Hiddink: “The demands are very high”

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Ahead of the game today against Manchester United, Chelsea boss Guus Hiddink has been speaking to the Chelsea club website about the players that could potentially be involved.

Chelsea played MK Dons in the FA cup last week and it gave Hiddink a good opportunity to look at the younger players in the squad.

When asked about the youngsters Hiddink replied “the demands are very high.”

“We have some players knocking on the door, every now and then they play and they experience the difficulty of making the next step.

“I hope and I think the club will give them more chances but it’s also to do with the demands of the league, so it’s tricky.”

Guus Hiddink also gave his thoughts on playing Namanja Matic and John Obi Mikel together in front of the back four.

“We need a good balance and we have very creative players up front and in our midfield, so we need a balance and it is not just a screening two.

“Of course Mikel is more close to our central defenders and recovering a lot of balls, with short and sometimes longer passing, but Matic is a little bit different, a little bit more of an attacking player and as he has shown in the previous games, he is allowed to go and support the attack more advanced than Mikel is.”

Guus Hiddink, during his time as the Holland manager he had Daley Blind‘s father working under him, this gave him many opportunities to see Daley Blind perform and has a good idea on what the player is capable of.

“I know the player and of course he’s not the quickest but he’s tactically very keen.

“He has to adapt himself to the pace of the games because now he is in the Premier League. There are not many moments with a relative pause in the game and that’s what he must get used to.”