Interim manager Guus Hiddink notched his first premier league victory since taking over for the sacked Jose Mourinho.
The Blues came to form during a rain-soaked 3-0 win over host Crystal Palace. Palace had beaten Chelsea earlier in the year, but rising Chelsea star Willian, along with Oscar and everyone’s favorite bad boy Diego Costa.
Hiddink has challenged Chelsea players to regain some of their pride and play like they really were last year’s champions. The change of tune and Hiddink’s upbeat personality has pushed Chelsea through four matches without a loss.
The boss had this to say about the Blues’ Sunday,
“We’ve started working and if the team is not doing well through a long period then you have to look for security, and that’s why we emphasized on good, hard work, tactically and a defensive way,” Hiddink said.
“The very talented players, they start working also, to invest in the dirty work and not just the beautiful game they can play, because this league is very demanding.”
“And if you think you can do it just on your quality, what’s more given by talent than nature, then this league will kill you.”
Chelsea can at least take a collective breath.
Their latest string of matches have placed them six point out of relegation territory, and while avoiding relegation is by no means the marker of a successful campaign, it’s a first step.
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