Guus Hiddinks back to basics approach at Chelsea is exactly what we needed!
Sometimes in situations such as the one Chelsea found themselves in as Guus Hiddink took over, al...
Sometimes in situations such as the one Chelsea found themselves in as Guus Hiddink took over, all you need to do is strip everything back to the basics to begin to find a solution. The Manager has done that and it's so far so good.
Football is so advanced these days compared to how it used to be around 15-20 years ago and it has become so technical. If anything, you could argue that people try to elaborate too much or to over complicate things which can have a detrimental effect on your overall play. You can find yourselves so involved in everything other than the pure basics of the game that you find yourselves lost when things do not pan out as to how you planned for them to be.
The game is a simple one. Eleven players in each side set out to score more goals than the other and that's it in a nutshell. Anyone who begs to differ would be hard pushed to explain otherwise.
When something breaks down, goes wrong or doesn't work as it should the general consensus would be to stop, take a step back and to strip everything back step by step to find a solution. Guus Hiddink has come into the club for a second time and has done exactly that.
Our team plays as a team. They defend as a unit and they attack as a unit. The defenders focus is to defend and our attacking plays must attack. The foundation is to be well organised to allow you to do that.
For the first time this season, Chelsea really looked the part against Palace. For once, we never had to focus on the performance of just one or two individuals because every player on that pitch made an important contribution and played their part in what was our best performance of the season so far.
Guus Hiddink gave an insight to what has been his approach in just a couple of weeks of being in charge. He said:
"If the team hasn't been doing well for a long period then it is important to look for security. That's why we emphasised good, hard work in a tactical defensive way. I don't like to see a team drop back very far and seek false security but to look forward and get the ball forward as soon as possible. When they get the ball they know how to play.
We don't need to add a lot to the quality of the players. They are blessed by nature with a big quality but they have to know that when things are not going well, you have to look for the causes.
That's why the very talented players started working on the dirty work and not just the beautiful game -- because this league is very demanding and if you think you can do it just on your natural quality this league will kill you.
The attitude is okay and automatically their quality comes through. The efficiency of this quality in the past half-year has been very low. We talked about that, we did it in training -- small conversations -- but if they have this quality and the team is well organised they must produce and then we can enjoy how they play."
The team just looked much more organised defensively and much better in the final third. Our passing was quicker, crisp and clean and we were potent up front for a change. We scored three good goals compared to a month ago where the chances would have either been wasted or the final pass would never have been played because we never had people in the right areas.
It's the simple things, the basics that everyone knows and the players look like they are enjoying their football and the quality they can produce again.
For all the massive development in the game with approach, tactics, diet, fitness and behaviour studies, sometimes it's just best to throw your current ideas out of the window and go back to basics.
Guus Hiddink has done exactly that and the back to basics approach is working!