Hiddink: “To be in the fourth place you must have victories”

Hiddink: “To be in the fourth place you must have victories”

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Chelsea manager Guus Hiddink © Francesca Ceciarini

Chelsea boss Guus Hiddink said that a point was a fair result after his side snatched a 1-1 draw with Manchester United at Stamford Bridge.

Jesse Lingard’s goal just after the hour mark had seemed to win the tie for the Reds, but after heavy pressure in the last ten minutes, Diego Costa’s close range finish in injury time was enough to claim a draw.

After the game, Hiddink focuses on defender Kurt Zouma, who was taken off after a nasty fall:

“(Being out for) the rest of season is hopefully too much, tomorrow he will have an examination but it’s very bad when you land with a hyper extended leg,” the Dutchman said.

We’ll see what happens, touch wood they have a good explanation. There are several scenarios when it’s like that but it’s very bad.’

On the game itself, Hiddink said he was particularly pleased with the Blues reaction after falling behind in the second-half:

We deserved a point in the end because in any minute you can score.

“Man United started very well in the first 20 minutes, they stretched us and we had a reaction where we dropped back instead of going forward and going into the duels.

“We reacted after 20 minutes, go into the duels and defended collectively. We got some chances with no reward.”

“They scored a beautiful goal in the 60th minute through Lingard, but without resistance on our part, which is what we have to improve.

“We reacted very well going for the equaliser, you can compliment both goalies because in key situations they did their job. At the end we had some chances so we deserved this point.”

Hiddink, who said that he felt Chelsea should have been awarded a first-half penalty,  with United defender Daley Blind seeming to handle a John Terry strike, said that the top four is still achievable having not lost a game since the Dutchman took over as interim boss:

I said before when we were one point away from the relegation zone our target must still be fourth but I also said we have to start winning.

“Of course we are unbeaten but if you want to get into fourth place you must have victories and we’ve had too many draws.

“Mathematically it might be possible but we must start winning again.”