Friday, 13 March 2009

Chelsea's Hiddink revival rolls on

Chelsea's winning run under new manager, Guus Hiddink, came to a dramatic end this week when the team failed to secure victory for the first time since the Dutchman arrived at Stamford Bridge. The end of a winning run is usually cause for sadness and regret but fans of the Blues were left feeling ecstatic after their team drew against Juventus in Turin.

The draw sent Chelsea through to the quarter-final stages of the Champions League. Chelsea have a good record in European competition but the performances of the team under old boss, Scolari, meant that fans could not take Champions League progression for granted.

The Chelsea players have been performing with a new-found confidence and battling attitude since the arrival of Hiddink and the team will be hoping to continue their determined Premier League assault when they take on Manchester City at Stamford Bridge on Sunday.

Chelsea will obviously start the match as firm favourites but fans of the club are not taking anything for granted, particularly since the arrival of Manchester City at Stamford Bridge will signal the return of Shaun Wright-Phillips and Wayne Bridge. Both players became favourites with the fans during their stay at the club and, although they should receive a warm welcome, Chelsea will be hoping that their efforts can be quashed by a resilient team display.

Meanwhile, several of Chelsea's top stars have spoken out this week about their desire for Guus Hiddink, who is currently only staying at the club until the end of this season, to remain at the club for a longer period of time.

Both Michael Ballack and Petr Cech believe that the new manager has revitalised the club and the recent performances of players including Didier Drogba support these claims. Ballack revealed that he would "love" Hiddink to stay "for three years", whilst the goalkeeper for the Blues spoke of his coaching qualities.

It remains to be seen whether or not Hiddink will stay beyond the close of the season but the fans will hope that the team's surge of confidence continues for the foreseeable future, regardless of who is in charge.

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