The Blues were outclassed by Manchester City in Premier League action on Saturday evening, falling to a 3-0 defeat as Sergio Aguero bagged a hat-trick—exposing the Pensioners’ defensive failings.
The loss—against one of the sides who could have been considered among Chelsea’s potential title rivals at the beginning of the season—comes after a poor run for the West London heavyweights.
They were defeated 1-0 by Swansea City last weekend, fell out of the Champions League in the Round of 16 at the hands of Paris Saint-Germain, and were dumped out of the FA Cup after a 2-0 loss at Everton.
Speaking to the media [as reported by the Mirror], Hiddink has exposed his stars, suggesting that some of them are holding back as they look to keep themselves fresh ahead of this summer’s European Championships.
“Partly true, but I cannot blame the players for having a lack of attitude,” Hiddink said, when asked whether the upcoming Euros were affecting some players’ performance, appearing fairly nonchalant about a truly unacceptable accusation.
Real Madrid wideman weighs in on whether Cristiano Ronaldo is the world’s best
Ex-Real Madrid hitman surprisingly reveals he’ll be supporting Man City over his former club in UCL semis
Stan Collymore exposes Aston Villa ‘tit’ as a fraud in shared private exchange
“Some players might think that, but I cannot look into their minds, in their brains. They might be thinking of the Euros,” he continued. “When there is nothing at stake then with some people there is a little bit of a lack of the ultimate work.”
The Dutch coach could be pointing the finger at the likes of Gary Cahill, Eden Hazard, Diego Costa, Thibaut Courtois and Cesc Fabregas, all of whom will be hoping to star in France this summer.