Guus Hiddink was disappointed in the match against high flyers Watford at Vicarage Road as he saw the opposing goalkeeper keep out Chelsea with a fine save after another. The match was firmly in Chelsea’s grasp over the second half and after a minimal scare in the first half, the Blues always looked to punish Watford with some impressive link-up play.
‘I’m disappointed because we didn’t get the deserved three points,’ the boss began.
‘My former goalie Gomes was given the man of the match and he highly deserves it because he made some tremendous saves in the last period of the game when we were threatening to go for the win.
‘We dominated and controlled the game more in the second half than in the first, when they had some periods of danger with their set-pieces. Although they were not big chances it was the only period we had a little problem.
‘Second half we deserved to win and regarding that we would have loved to have the three points here, but this is a not a league where you can easily win.
‘Step by step we are getting more and more to the way we would like to play in terms of organisation and creating chances. We were not rewarded as we should have been tonight but I think the team is going into another state of play.’
The draw here was corresponded by another draw at Stamford Bridge on Boxing Day, in a match in Which Oscar missed a late penalty for Chelsea’s win. With the unbeaten run stretching ever since then, it is safe to say that Chelsea have turned a corner and have been much more expressive and diligent on the pitch.
‘Our team was a little bit more insecure at the time of the 2-2 at Stamford Bridge. We are a little better organised and a bit more creative though tonight we didn’t reward ourselves. There is more stability and consistency now in the team.’
Hiddink also berated the dirty policy of opposing fullback Paredes to try and get Costa booked as he simply gave back what he received. Luckily for Chelsea, the referee and the assistant didn’t wear the Red-tinted glasses that the FA and English media wear.
‘It was very clear because it was just 10 yards from our bench. Paredes punched Diego in his back and after that they stumbled and Paredes put his hands to his head, but Diego was nowhere near his head. It was a provocation to get someone off the pitch. Happily the ref and the assistant saw it.
‘Diego was calm and in control at half-time. There was nothing needed from me or the other players to calm him down.’
Eden Hazard was a game changer and on another night, could’ve had a goal and 2 assists in only the 20 minutes he played. Hiddink addressed concerns about his fitness and promised more minutes for him in the future.
‘Eden played in the FA Cup for a longer period. He is coming back from a difficult time with two injuries. We are being careful with him as we have a lot of games coming up now.
‘I am happy with the way he played when he came on. The judgement is when to bring him on. We were in control and then we tried to get him to make the final punch which we almost did. For himself, it’s good to go step by step and we have a lot of games coming up when we need all the players.’