The Blues have dropped points in eleven of their twenty-six Premier League matches this season, with their new manager admitting that Chelsea have got to win, win and win again if they are to stand the remotest chance of catching Manchester United. There’s nothing like a challenge!
Guus Hiddink is a realist, unlike some of his fellow managers! The Evening Standard reports that the Dutchman is looking for his team to follow up victories over Aston Villa and Juventus by beating Wigan on Saturday, the sort of match that the team were struggling to win under Phil Scolari.
Hiddink said: “Alex Ferguson is in the lead and in the driver’s seat and can talk as he does. I respect him very much for what he has achieved over a long period at the club.
“They are in the lead and we are some points away, but there is still some way to go. There has to be a lot done on our side to challenge them, but we will try. We can’t afford to drop one single point.”
Wigan will be no pushovers at Stamford Bridge this weekend, with Steve Bruce’s team keeping things pretty tight at the back this season. Will Chelsea’s renewed title challenge be a short-lived one, or can Hiddink get the team pushing Manchester United all the way this season? Or is it all about winning the FA Cup and Champions League instead?