Guus: ‘Foot off the gas and this league will kill you’

Date published: Sunday 3rd January 2016 6:02

Guus Hiddink hailed the importance of hard work after his Chelsea side beat Crystal Palace 3-0.

Chelsea turned in their best league performance of the season, and Hiddink emphasised the importance of a solid defence and secure foundations.

The Dutchman is unbeaten in his three matches in charge, and has recorded consecutive clean sheets.

“We’ve started working and if the team is not doing well through a long period then you have to look for security, and that’s why we emphasised on good, hard work, tactically and a defensive way,” said Hiddink.

“I don’t like to see the team drop back very far and seek false security. When they get the ball they know to play.

“We don’t need to add a lot of quality of players: they are blessed by nature with big quality.

“But they have to know when things aren’t going as wished that we have to look for causes, and that’s why we started working.

“The very talented players, they start working also, to invest in the dirty work and not just the beautiful game they can play, because this league is very demanding.

“And if you think you can do it just on your quality, what’s more given by talent than nature, then this league will kill you.”

For more on Chelsea and John Obi Mikel’s role in the victory, go right here.

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