Hiddink admits he feared Chelsea could be relegated

Chelsea Manager Guus Hiddink accepted that he is worried over Chelsea’s league position, but is a bit relieved and consoled with his player’s confidence and ambition after Monday’s 0-0 draw at Old Trafford against Manchester United.

Hiddink took over the mantle of leadership at Chelsea as interim manager until the end of the season following the exit of the “Special one” Jose Mourinho on Dec 17 with the reigning champions sitting just a point above relegation zone and in 16th position.

Chelsea started their post Mourinho era with a 3-1 win over Sunderland, before Hiddink took over to over see a 2-2 draw against Watford before sharing the spoils at Old Trafford on Monday.

Chelsea have collected 5 points from a possible 9 since the exit of Mourinho (1 win 2 draws), this has left The London blues 3 points above relegation zone.

Speaking at his post match media conference, Hiddink acknowledged he was worried for Chelsea but the confidence and display of his players gave him hope.

“Of course I am worried but I would be more worried if there was no confidence or ambition.”

“You cannot think it’s not possible to get relegated, but we look forward, and we think that soon we will get the winning flow.”

Hiddink was satisfied with the teams performance at Old Trafford, even with several missed opportunities to go ahead in the game, he was happy with the performance.

“[I am] happy with a point because it was in difficult circumstances for us because we had a lack of striking people,” he told BT Sport. “We would have liked to score but in general – due to the circumstances – I’m happy with the performance.”

Guus Hiddink also warned his Chelsea’s stars and let them know they are playing for their futures – after the Old Trafford draw which was the second draw since he took over.

“When you play at the big clubs, you always have to show your best and every day you have to work for your contract,” said Hiddink.

The London Blues climbed up to 14th place after a 0-0 draw against Manchester United which kept them 3points above the bottom three and 19 points behind the league leaders.

This could be the worst title defense in Premier League history, but the remaining fixture of the season is now an activity to rescue credibility to their team.

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