Chelsea still in race to win the league, says HiddinkFebruary 13th, 2009 - 7:44 pm ICT by IANS
London, Feb 13 (IANS) After taking charge of Chelsea, Dutchman Guus Hiddink has said the London club is still in the race to win the Premier League.
Hiddink, who will also continue in his role as the Russia coach, arrived here Thursday and was welcomed by chief executive Peter Kenyon at the club’s Cobham training complex. Chelsea’s Russian owner Roman Abramovich was also present at the occasion as Hiddink made a short speech to his players.
Chelsea are at the fourth place, seven points behind leaders Manchester United in the Premier League. But Hiddink said that Chelsea will be in the title hunt till the final stage.
“They are in several races: the FA Cup is there, the Champions League and also the league. There is a 10-point difference (if United win against Fulham) but if you look in the past at this league, and other leagues as well, some things can happen during the final stages of the championship,” Hiddink was quoted as saying by Chelsea TV.
Hiddink, who will be the fourth coach at Chelsea in the last 17 months, also made it clear to his players that they need to pull up their socks.
“All three roads are very important: the next game in the FA Cup at Watford, and then Aston Villa and Juventus, and then you go on the path of the Champions League and that is so attractive. The club has the experience to go to the final. When I was at Real Madrid we did not win the league title.
“I haven’t worked in England, which is considered the biggest league in the world, so winning the title would be a huge achievement. We try to go for this title, yes. I am not just here to add to my experience with the club and the Premier League. I want to see results as soon as possible,” he said.