The Premier League is back in action this mid-week with all the teams fighting for a result as the season closes in on the business end.
Chelsea will travel to the Carrow Road on Tuesday as Guus Hiddink will try and extend his un-beaten run to 11 Premier League games.
The London franchise have very little to show for this season as they try and fight for a finish in the top half and this will give a chance to a plenty of players in the Chelsea squad to prove their mettle for the next season.
One such player and January purchase Alexandre Pato is in line for a debut on Tuesday against Norwich City.
Guus Hiddink in his recent press conference emphasized on the fact that his star striker Diego Costa needs some rest going into the Champions League game against PSG and this will give Pato a chance to dawn the Chelsea shirt for the first time since his move in January.
Pato signed from Cornithians in January on loan until the end of the season but is yet to play for Chelsea, who have not lost a league game since his arrival.
“He is eager and of course we now have healthy competition between the strikers, in a very good atmosphere, with Diego the No1,” Hiddink said before Tuesday’s visit to Norwich City.
Hiddink also revealed that skipper John Terry is back in training but he will not be a part of the squad that travels to Carrow Road. However, he said that the skipper might be back in time for the home game against Stoke City this weekend.
Spanish winger Pedro picked up a hamstring injury in the 2-1 win over the Saints and Hiddink said that the extent of the injury is still unknown and that he is unsure as to how long the player will be out of action.
“I’m not that positive it will be resolved within a few days,” Hiddink said talking about Pedro.
Hiddink also spoke about the revival of the club upon his appointment and explained that the club has managed to move up the table from close to the relegation zone when the Dutchman took over.
“When I started in December, we were close to the relegation zone, just one point [above], and the first objective was to get as soon as possible out of that zone,” he said.
However, for a club like Chelsea who are the current Premier League Champions, scrapping the relegation battle is nowhere close to enough and the manager also admitted that it was not what they were aiming for and explained that the positive results are good to build on.
That, of course, is not the target for Chelsea but it does encourage us to go on,” talking about moving away from the drop zone.
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