Hiddink speaks about Zouma injury status and hailed De Gea heroics at the post match presser
Guus Hiddink reflected in a heroic display of commitment from the Champions in an exciting encounter marred by the injury to Zouma. He took a nasty knock on his landing and will be assessed tomorrow.
‘(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 hyperextended leg,’ said the Chelsea manager. ‘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.’
A point gained but it could have easily been three for the Blues had it not been De Gea’s heroics as well as Chelsea’s profligacy with their chances. The performance was great but there needs to be more “reward” as Hiddink puts it.
‘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.’
On the matter of the position in the table by the end of the season, Hiddink reiterated that fourth is the target and a possibility but the Blues need to show their mettle if they are in hope of finishing anywhere as high as that. Wins are desperately needed and there must be an improvement in the finishing department if that is to be achieved.
‘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 the fourth place you must have victories and we’ve had too many draws. Mathematically it might be possible but we must start winning again.’
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