It has not been a great week for Chelsea fans to say the least. After witnessing the Blues lose on aggregate to Paris Saint-Germain at Stamford Bridge to get knocked out of the Champions League, the team was beaten – and beaten down – by Everton in the FA Cup thanks to a brace by former Chelsea academy ace Romelu Lukaku in the final 15 minutes.
Even more disheartening than being knocked out of the two prestigious tournaments in back-to-back fixtures was the effect it may have on Guus Hiddink‘s case to be the next manager of Chelsea.
According to Squawka stats, the back-to-back losses by Chelsea are the first time in either of Hiddink’s spells as interim Chelsea manager that he has lost two games in a row.
In his first spell as interim manager – a 22-game stretch from February 2009 to May 2009 – Hiddink led Chelsea to a 16-5-1 performance, winning the FA Cup along the way and only getting eliminated from the Champions League on aggregate, not a direct loss though. The only loss in that span was a 1-0 defeat against Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane.
If winning in big games was a key to Hiddink earning the managing job over a candidate like Antonio Conte, owner Roman Abramovich likely has more than enough justification now to with a new direction.
Hiddink still has yet to lose a match in the Premier League this season though – a feat that has helped spring Chelsea from 15th to 10th after being just a few points clear of relegation.
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