Guus Hiddink believes that Monday’s opposition Tottenham could be affected by nerves as they are involved in the title race for the first time.
Spurs are the visitors to Stamford Bridge and they will be looking to keep in touch with Leicester City at the top of the table. After a 1-1 draw with Manchester United, Leicester have moved one step closer towards the title. Tottenham could have been in a much better position had it not been for the draw with West Brom at White Hart Lane. This was a deeply disappointing result that allowed Leicester to go within three points of the title.
The foxes have already taken one point from the game against United. This leaves them with only two points required in the remaining two matches – with one of them being against Chelsea in the final game of the season. John Terry is likely to return to the starting line-up after a long absence. Hiddink has admitted that the club has missed its captain. Terry is set to leave the club at the end of the campaign, but Hiddink still feels that he is an important member of the team. Several Chelsea players have recently expressed their desire to see Tottenham lose the title. Hence, this match is expected to be a full-blooded London derby.
"They are now experiencing being at the top. I'm not much into statistics, but it's the first time in their history they're now in the end competing for the Premier League title.In some players it might cause nerves. They might under-perform a bit. Leicester are fearless but some Spurs players might be affected by being on top and think 'what now?' We shouldn't over-evaluate it in the sense it's just Tottenham. We desperately like to win, then the next game," said Hiddink.