Chelsea’s new interim boss Guus Hiddink has given his flop stars a incredible treble target for the remaining of the season.
Despite the disastrous start to their title defending campaign, Hiddink assures this Chelsea squad can still finish in the top four, win the Champions League along with the FA Cup. The caretaker manager, whose team welcome Watford on Boxing Day, told: “Generally, I set targets, and the target is still to get in the fourth position.
“If the target is impossible, don’t do it. But I did put that to them. Then the Champions League. Then the FA Cup.
“On top of that, or as a foundation for that, they must show now what they’re capable of. As a consequence then, you go to those targets.”
Hiddink, in his second regime at Stamford Bridge as interim manager, called an emergency meeting with the Chelsea players just after taking charge and assigned them some ambitious goals for the rest of this season.
The Blues, who fired Jose Mourinho as manager on 17th December, are right now 11 points adrift the fourth place in Premier League.
The depleted squad also fight with French league leaders Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League, and face League One Scunthorpe United in the FA Cup.
However, former Netherlands and Real Madrid boss Guus Hiddink still believes the west Londoners can put an end to the season in style. Earlier the Dutchman criticized the Blues team in his first press conference replacing Mourinho saying that it is time for Chelsea flops to take a good look at themselves in the mirror. He even warned he will dump anyone who hasn’t got the “desire” to turn around the club’s frustrating campaign following Jose Mourinho’s exit. But Hiddink did express his sympathy for Mourinho as he assured to “fix” the problems Chelsea are going through right now.
The 69-year-old Dutch tactician guided Chelsea to the FA Cup glory back in 2009 in his first stint in charge, after briefly taking over from Luiz Felipe Scolari.
To some Chelsea fans, Mourinho’s sacking was harsh and they apparently showed their anger towards Cesc Fabregas, Diego Costa and Eden Hazard during the much needed 3-1 victory over Sunderland last weekend. Placards labelled the three players as “rats” and “Judases” who had let the Portuguese manager down earlier in the season.
Mourinho was axed by Chelsea after watching his squad suffer a ninth league defeat of the season in the 2-1 loss at Leicester. The final decision to sack the Portuguese manager was taken after an emergency board meeting led by club owner Roman Abramovich