Chelsea caretaker manager Steve Holland has described the difficult situation at Chelsea following the departure of Jose Mourinho.
Holland was speaking after his only game in charge of the team before Guus Hiddink takes over as interim manager.
Chelsea beat Sunderland 3-1, with the team playing with a freedom lacking during the final months of Mourinho’s reign.
“It was a very important three points for the club today,” Holland said.
“Our league position is very poor. Had we lost we would have gone in to the bottom three so it’s a very important three points.
“We are going day by day and game by game. We are in a poor position in the league. That’s been improved slightly today. The priority has to be to rescue what we can of our season in the Premier League. How high we can go, I don’t know.
“You saw some signs today in the first half of what the players are capable of. We still have the FA Cup and the Champions League, two competitions we can compete for, and we have to try and do the best thing possible in the Premier League. The focus is very clear.”
Holland also spoke about the booing of Diego Costa and Cesc Fabregas, explaining why he applauded both from the field.
“Clearly the supporters have a right to voice their opinion. It’s been a difficult few days for everybody. I’ll be happy to park this game and try and look forward,” Holland said.
“From my point of view thinking of this game I was happy with their contribution hence why I applauded them when they came off. I felt they deserved that for their performance.”