Final whistle verdict: Composed and uncomplacent
news Sun 21 Feb 2016
Guus Hiddink felt his players got the basics right against Manchester City which allowed them to then show their attacking quality, resulting in another five-goal Stamford Bridge showing.
We had gone in at the break level against a City side featuring a number of younger players, Diego Costa’s 35th-minute opener having been cancelled out almost immediately by David Faupala.
That was the one disappointment for Hiddink on an otherwise thoroughly satisfying afternoon at the Bridge, where the home fans saw us net five goals, as we had last weekend. Willian, Gary Cahill, Eden Hazard and sub Bertrand Traore were the second-half scorers leaving Hiddink a happy man afterwards…
‘We knew we would play against a team with some changes but it’s not always easy when youngsters are coming in,’ the manager pointed out.
‘They had a back four with experienced players, and youngsters in midfield and attack, but they caused a threat at the beginning and did well with the equaliser.
‘You have to be very aware to not make stupid mistakes or get sloppy or complacent. We got sloppy with our organisation when they equalised but we had a very good reaction in the second half. It was key that we started well in the second half and got an early second or third goal.
‘When the team does the job it has to do – tactical disciplined and organised defensively, and pressing high – then automatically the quality will show.
‘If you win 5-1 last week, if you have an okay performance and result in Paris, and now today 5-1 against Man City then of course it’s a boost for the confidence of the players. It’s good to see that.’
We will play Everton in the quarter-finals, the team we beat to win the Cup in 2009 when Hiddink was manager
‘It was a long time ago. I have good memories but that’s the past. They will remember that as well. Some might still be in the team so they’ll go for revenge. We had a difficult game against them here. We hope to maintain our flow in the FA Cup when we play them there. It won’t be easy.’
Hiddink stressed the significance of the competition here and abroad
‘On one hand the programme for many clubs is rather harsh, on the other hand you can play every three or four days, especially if your squad is broad quality-wise.
‘We mustn’t forget the tradition of English football. I remember watching the FA Cup as a youngster on TV, it’s the temple of football. Winning the FA Cup is beautiful worldwide. We must be careful not to devalue it.’
Hiddink also commented on an incident after City’s goal when coins were thrown at the celebrating visiting players
‘I was aware of it and I like to face the facts. We condemn it and I condemn it strongly and Chelsea will react. Those people must not come in to the stadiums.’
A Chelsea spokesman added:
‘We condemn such idiotic and dangerous behaviour. If we can identify those responsible we will ban them from Stamford Bridge. It’s worth noting it’s a criminal offence too and we will support any police prosecution if we can identify, along with the police, those individuals responsible for that behaviour today.’
Following a subsequent arrest, a Metropolitan Police statement said:
‘On Sunday, 21 February, officers arrested a man (no further details) in connection with an incident that took place during the Chelsea and Manchester City match at Stamford Bridge.
‘The man was arrested for throwing a lighter onto the pitch and he currently remains in custody pending further enquires.
‘Officers continue to carry out enquires into incidents of coin throwing.’