Ever since Guus Hiddink took charge of Chelsea a few weeks ago, there have been various quotes on two very significant issues. The first issue is whether he will remain at Chelsea beyond the end of the season. Despite the decent run of results, the fact that he is enjoying it and the approval he has received from the players, Hiddink is insistent that he will simply go back to his job as Russia boss come May. Personally, I am still unconvinced about this although let’s presume this is the case for now.
The point which I want to focus on today though is the more recent belief from Hiddink that Chelsea can still win the Premier League. On several occasions, he has said that the title race is far from over. Now, in his latest interview, Hiddink has promised Chelsea fans that his team will fight for the right to secure top position in the League until it is mathematically impossible. The Chelsea manager said that Manchester United’s recent 4-1 defeat to Liverpool ‘was a boost’ for his team and that it could be the start of a dip in form for the Champions.
Hiddink questioned what Manchester United’s reaction might be to this surprise defeat. Should it be a negative one, perhaps it will open the door for Chelsea or Liverpool to play catch up in the next few weeks. Hiddink believes Ferguson’s men could become ‘a little bit nervous’ about the prospect of throwing it all away. They have done it before when they blew a 12-point lead in 1998 to hand Arsenal the Premier League title, so why not again?
Realistically though, it is still very unlikely that anyone other than Manchester United will win the league. The defeat they suffered to
Liverpool was a blow for them, but will they lose another two or three games this season? At this moment in time, it is hard to argue that they will.
As for Chelsea, well they just need to keep concentrating on their own game. They sit four points behind Manchester United, with the leaders having a game in hand. All Hiddink is suggesting for now is that Chelsea ‘will fight until the very end’ and this is all that can be asked of the players. The longer Hiddink’s men have a chance of winning the title the better. Let’s see how Manchester United deal with the added pressure of a team in form chasing them.