Guus Hiddink says his players will continue to give their all in each of our remaining fixtures this season, starting with the visit of Tottenham.
The manager spoke to the assembled media about Monday night’s London derby but before then, having been asked if John Terry and Gary Cahill would be available for selection, he provided an injury update on the two centre-halves who have been missing of late.
‘I think so because they have both participated in this week’s training sessions,’ Hiddink replied. ‘I think they are okay to come in to the 18, yeah.
‘It’s good to have them back. John was out for a longer period due to injury. Gary is a little bit the same. But it’s good to have them back.
‘Regarding John, maybe he’s not at full 90-minute fitness, we will see in the upcoming training sessions. They have experience and it will be good to have them back in what will be a very exciting and tough game. When these boys are coming in they give extra enthusiasm to the team.’
Hiddink spoke on the importance of not giving any particular added value to Monday’s game just because our rivals are in town, stressing instead that his players will be doing their utmost to end the season on a positive note by going out to get maximum points from the last four games.
‘We desperately want to win the next game, which is Spurs, and then there are massive games against Sunderland, Liverpool and Leicester after that,’ he said.
‘It’s normal to have scrutiny from the press because you are playing in the limelight. It’s not extra scrutiny. We want to fulfil our obligations now, and in the upcoming games. I cannot guarantee the result but I can guarantee that the effort will be there, and not just on Monday.
‘We showed in Bournemouth we had a good attitude. Against Man City we played a very good 20 or 30 minutes, then they caught us on the counter, but there was nothing to be critical about regarding the attitude of the players, and there won’t be in the Sunderland, Liverpool and Leicester games.’
Regarding our unbeaten home record against the team from White Hart Lane, which goes back to 1990, Hiddink noted there would be extra scrutiny if it ended on Monday, but he is very keen to prolong it against a side that has impressed him this term. He also praised the work done by their manager, Mauricio Pochettino.
Focusing on his own career, with four matches as Chelsea boss remaining, Hiddink said this job could be his last working on a day-to-day basis with players, but he will stay in the game for sure.
‘I like to be involved in football as long I feel physically and mentally fresh. If not, I get my inner circle to say ‘hey man, it’s time to step down’, but so far my most critical people haven’t knocked on my door.
‘What I like is to give my advice to players from the Academy when needed. I will be involved with those guys but not officially.’