Guus Hiddink still eyeing top-four finish

first_imgGuus Hiddink believes Chelsea can still finish fourth this season, and he will continue to do so ‘as long as it is mathematically possible’.The Blues looked back to their best on Sunday as they beat Crystal Palace 3-0 at Selhurst Park – their first away Premier League win since August – and it continues Chelsea’s unbeaten run since Jose Mourinho’s departure in December.The three points takes them up to 14th in the table, 12 points off fourth-placed Tottenham with 18 games to play.The Chelsea manager said: “It’s rather difficult, normally Chelsea should always be competing for the top positions.“But coming from that far [behind Spurs], it’s mathematically possible to go in fourth position but with the strength of this league it’s difficult.“But if we play like today with our discipline and using the quality of the players, we don’t know.“As long as it’s possible, we will go on.”Chelsea’s overall performance was arguably one of their best of the season, showing unity and glimpses of quality which saw them ease to last year’s Premier League title.Stars who were not performing under Mourinho looked sharp and interested and the Dutch boss says that is down to taking things back to ‘basics’.  “When a player enjoys what he is doing then his quality will [improve].“But it demands some giving, not just taking. And they were willing.“Not just now, but in the previous games. The team is willing and the players who are not normally willing to do that, they do so and that is what I ask of the team. Basic things.“When they do that they start enjoying the game and perform very well.”Nigerian midfielder John Obi Mikel returned to Chelsea’s starting XI last week in the draw with Manchester United after impressing Hiddink and he caught the eye of Chelsea fans in his deep-lying midfield position.Hiddink said of the 28-year-old: “When I took the first training session around the Sunderland game, I saw him in small games playing and smiling and I know he can be of big value to bring balance to the team.”SEE HERE – ‘Chelsea are back, Diego Costa is back! Thanks, Guus Hiddink!’ Blues fans optimistic after Crystal Palace victorylast_img read more