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Guus Hiddink speaks about Hazard return ahead of Newcastle clash 

West London side Chelsea will host Newcastle United in the Premier League on Saturday evening at Stamford Bridge. The Blues have been in decent form recently and will want to take that into the game once again, as they look to secure all three points at home. Since the arrival of Guus Hiddink, things have looked much better at the club and the reigning champions of England have slowly recovered to a certain extent. The Londoners have not lost a single game in their last five matches in all competitions, which would be encouraging for the fans and the players themselves.

It should a decent encounter between the two sides and here is what the Chelsea boss had to say in his pre-match press conference, as his side go up against the Magpies at the weekend:

Talking about Hazard’s fitness, he said, “Nothing missing but he is coming out of a double injury in the last weeks. We made a special programme to get him, fitter.”

“He is able to go for longer periods in the games. Let’s first see his performance in the upcoming game. Our concern, with a lot of respect, is to focus on Newcastle.”

On the transfers made by Jose Mourinho in the summer, who failed to deliver, the Dutchman stated,  “When I came in, the players were not tired but it was a very uncertain situation.”

“Not tired, but when you don’t win frequently as they didn’t do, then it’s sneaking in a bit of insecurity into the team.”

“We had to deal with that first – we did it with an unbeaten array of games but now we have to make the next steps into victory.”

About the poor home form this term, he added, “The status of being unbeaten sounds good but realistically we would have wished to have more victories, especially at home.”

“And we have an opportunity to do so against Newcastle. They improved their squad with substances, some good signings, and they are more competitive now.”

“When you don’t keep winning at home, people have less fear.”

Making a few comments about the ticket prices, he further told reporters,  “First of all, football has changed in the last years a lot regarding organisations, tv rights, sponsors, etc.”

“It’s a very interesting world for broadcasters. Let’s not forget, it’s about the players, who perform, and equally important, the public.”

“The man on the street who likes to see high-level football. For me that is main, and for my colleagues, they have a similar point of view.”

When the press inquired about Pato, he said, “He is in the second week of pre-season. We won’t see him now, not at the moment.”

“He’s progressing, he came from holiday – of course, you can see the difference between him and the ones in daily training.”

“After ten days, you can see him progressing, but next week he will go to the next level of training.”

Adding a few comments on Leicester City’s title charge, Hiddink added, “I like to win every game, but that’s not realistic.”

“But the way it is open now, and I think will be even more open in the upcoming seasons, it will be more open and attractive, that’s what I like very much – it’s very good for football.”

“I think it would be one of the most fantastic things seen in football.”

When asked about potential stars who could leave for China, including Ramires and Oscar, he said, “I think the squad we have will stay until the end of the season.”

“Falcao is training, in progress, but he is not in the group of the Champions League.”

About the club’s search for a new manager, “It’s up to the board and to the management.”

“I don’t think it is a distraction. The players are very focused on what they have to do.”

On Matt Miazga’s possible role in the squad, “He moves up. I have a kid from the academy who is now with us. We will see what happens but we have inside the first squad, we can make variations, with Ivanovic, Azpilicueta, we have options to choose.”

“It gives also other people chances to step up – sometimes the unexpected can happen with youngsters and others stepping up. We have no fear to bring them in.”

“He is ok physically. But we will see what will happen next week. He is still a youngster.”

About John Terry’s possible exit, “It was curious – I called him before the operation and I tried to encourage him, things happen.”

“Surprisingly he was in a mood as if nothing had happened. He had his operation and it went well, but he is out for months, months, months.”

“He was improving on all aspects of his game, not being able to play with us in France, not being able to play in Euros – it’s a tough time for him.”

“I don’t know. That’s something to be answered by the management, the board, and the directors of the club. The door is open – we will see what happens.”

Further, he concluded with giving information about Diego Costa’s broken nose and ended the press conference by saying, “He put his nose on the back of the head and he was very unlucky. His nose was broken.”

“He will return today because today is the day they put on a mask. We are a team with a lot of masks.”

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