Chelsea Manager continues to focus on the possibility of relegation this season than the mistakes he has made.
I am getting increasingly frustrated and becoming bored of Guus Hiddink and his press conference...
I am getting increasingly frustrated and becoming bored of Guus Hiddink and his press conferences ahead of our games now. The reason I say that is because he continues to harp on about how he saved our season and guided us away from relegation rather than focus on the mistakes he has made in the biggest games of our season. Sorry, but I cannot wait for a new start under Conte.
Don't get me wrong here, I will always be grateful for when he first came here and guided us back up the table and to winning the FA Cup after Phil Scolari was sacked after a few months into the job. What was key then compared to now is the team he had here at the time, full of leaders throughout that all important spine that would keep everyone on their toes in addition to producing a moment of magic to pull us through. You have to believe that when he came in, he just needed to get them on side, to buy into his tactical views and that was all that needed to happen.
This time around he turned up with a team that is very, very different. If all of you are honest, and I am being serious here, he has looked out of his depth, has made the wrong tactical decisions, team selections and substitutions and it's cost us as we sit mid-table whereas the points dropped would have taken us to at least sixth or possibly fifth.
Do we honestly believe that Chelsea would be in a relegation battle right now with Norwich, Newcastle and Sunderland if Hiddink hadn't saved us? I believe that getting those players back on side and finding the right tactical formation to suit our squad would have been all that needed to happen for us to climb back up the table. If it was me put in charged, I would have made an immediate switch to 4-3-3, given Hazard and Pedro licence to stay up top with Costa, Played Matic in the Makelele role with Fabregas and Willian both given licence to get forward.
So to Hiddink on Friday and as I said, he chose to remind us all of his "achievement" here this season by saying:
"Is there danger when you are there, in 16th or 17th position? Yeah, because you must be very careful when the water is here that you don’t get drowned.
You see now a big club, as Newcastle are, the whole season fighting to get out. It is difficult because if you are in that situation you have to break a little bit the previous year [when Chelsea won the title], and what I had to do was maybe get them more confident, on one hand, and maybe on the other hand some were a bit complacent. We had to break some moves in there.
I came here in difficult circumstances. It is easy for me to say: “it’s is the past, they were not getting a point”. I am not a person to blame [anyone].
I had to restore the confidence once more in this team and club. I am happy the team reacted when we were in a desperate situation. People started, in this house, sweating, because there are also experiences in the past that big clubs can go down as well.
From there on I am satisfied with the reaction of the team, not getting all the results. I would have loved to get into the next round of the Champions League, I would have loved to go into the FA Cup final.”
The problem with that is that his team selections we wrong in our big games recently. How on earth Nemanja Matic remained parked on his arse sitting on the bench against PSG, Everton and Manchester City I will never know!
When Hiddink came in we still had our season, we still had things to aim for and he blew it.