Guus Hiddink maybe only the interim manager at Chelsea, but he has urged his players to keep on pushing until the end of the season.
The blues have little to play for in the rest of the campaign other than pride. After being knocked out of the Champions League and FA Cup in successive matches, they can only hope to finish higher than 10th in the league table. This has been an extremely disappointing season, but one small hope is that they can go unbeaten in the league under Hiddink. Since the Dutchman came in December, results in the league have improved although there have been a number of draws along the way.
There is still a possibility that the club will be able to enjoy European football next season by qualifying for the Europa League. Top clubs rarely want to be involved in this second tier European competition, but the club will welcome any form of revenue. There are a cluster of teams trying to qualify for the Europa League by finishing in the final sixth place. Chelsea only need to make up a few points before they are in the midst of this race. However, the team cannot afford to drop any more points until the end of the season.
"First of all we want to get the maximum out of the team regarding the league table, to get the best position possible.But also we appeal to the players to say hey, you are a big club which has had a very difficult season and is recovering step by step.We are unbeaten in the league so far, and when you play as a big club in a difficult situation, you must have pride as well. We say to them you are champions from last year so play with your heart and play with desire,” said Hiddink.