Hid­dink de­mands more

Lesotho Times - - News -

LON­DON — Guus Hid­dink be­lieves Chelsea’s 3-0 vic­tory at Crys­tal Palace proves his play­ers have started to heed his de­mands to put in the hard work needed to re­store their tar­nished rep­u­ta­tion.

Af­ter a pair of draws in his open­ing two matches since tak­ing over as Chelsea in­terim man­ager, Hid­dink at last se­cured his first win thanks to goals from Os­car, Wil­lian and Diego Costa at rain-lashed Sel­hurst Park on Sun­day.

The con­fi­dent and com­posed way Chelsea sub­dued a tricky op­po­nent in dif­fi­cult con­di­tions was a rare high­light in a tor­rid sea­son for the trou­bled Premier League cham­pi­ons, who moved six points clear of the rel­e­ga­tion zone af­ter their big­gest league win of the cam­paign.

Hid­dink faced a dif­fi­cult task when he ar­rived at Stam­ford Bridge last month as a short-term re­place­ment for the sacked Jose Mour­inho.

Con­fi­dence was low among a squad who had grown so un­happy with Mour­inho that they were no longer putting in the ef­fort re­quired to main­tain their po­si­tion as one of the league’s su­per­pow­ers.

But the up­beat Hid­dink has quickly won over his play­ers, his pres­ence help­ing re­vive their ap­petite for the game and con­vince them to raise their work rate.

The re­sult was clear to see as Chelsea brushed aside a Palace team that de­feated

Chelsea play­ers troop off the pitch af­ter Mon­day’s de­feat by le­ices­ter City. Chelsea mid­fielder John Obi Mikel (left) shielded his de­fence with a com­mand­ing dis­play against Crys­tal Palace.

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