Hiddink: Not complaining
news Fri 19 Feb 2016
Guus Hiddink will be without captain John Terry for Sunday’s game against Manchester City, but the Dutchman hopes to have the defender back for next weekend’s trip to Southampton.
Terry missed Tuesday’s Champions League match in Paris due to a minor problem with his hamstring and ligament and will again be unavailable for the visit of Manuel Pellegrini’s side in the fifth round of the FA Cup.
Hiddink, conducting his pre-match press conference at Cobham this lunchtime, provided an update.
‘He will not be fit for this weekend,’ said the Dutchman. ‘I saw him this morning, he worked with the physios and yesterday he tried to do a bit on the pitch but he has too many issues to be fit for the weekend.
‘I hope next weekend he will be available. I cannot predict it, we have to be cautious with him as he likes to be there every day but we must be careful.
‘Of course it’s a disappointment because he’s the leader of the team. On the other hand I’m not going to complain or moan because the guys who are taking his place have my full confidence. In Paris they produced a decent performance.’
Matt Miazga, our recent arrival from New York Red Bulls, was involved with the first team on Tuesday. He was named on the bench for the first time, and Hiddink said he could potentially feature at the weekend.
‘Miazga is close,’ said the manager. ‘We are doing some tests but he should be fit. What will the weekend bring? It’s too early to say.’
Having completed 90 minutes against Newcastle last Saturday, Eden Hazard started in Paris before being withdrawn for Oscar in the second half.
The Belgian is still searching for his first goal from open play this season, and Hiddink explained he had spoken to the winger.
‘He was in a difficult situation but he has to step up, he knows that,’ said the Dutchman. ‘I don’t like broad talks but sometime small conversations. I hope he will step up as soon as possible. I remember he had a sprint on our right-hand side (on Tuesday), that’s the old Hazard and what we want to see. He can show more and he’s aware of that, it’s up to him to step up.
‘He’s very keen to be here, he’s extended his contract, he’s happy here and his family is happy here. We will encourage him and talk to him about his performances as we do with all the team.’
With Terry’s absence came a reshuffling of the back four in midweek, enabling Baba Rahman to start the game at left-back.
It was a tough test for the Ghanaian, who was up against the hugely experienced Angel Di Maria, but he performed well and offered a real attacking threat.
‘He’s a gifted player, good going forward and he’s calm on the ball,’ said Hiddink.
‘He also has to focus on his backtracking when he has to defend, he has to make an improvement in that area because it’s very important in this league.'
- We are offering supporters FREE entry into the Museum at Stamford Bridge ahead of Sunday’s FA Cup match.
The Museum will open at 9.30am, with last entry at 3pm.