Hiddink demands more
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.