Guus Hiddink speaks about returning to Chelsea, the squad, January spending and the top four

Guus Hiddink

Chelsea interim manager Guus Hiddink addressed the media ahead of his side's Boxing Day clash against Watford at Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea interim manager Guus Hiddink has said he should not be here ahead of his first game back as interim manager at the club.

The Blues play Watford at Stamford Bridge on Boxing Day, but despite saying he shouldn't be back at the club, he is glad to return to a side with whom he won the FA Cup with in 2009.

Speaking to reporters at his pre-match press conference, as broadcast on the club's TV channel, he said: “If you look back to last season, you go to this season with targets and aims - the same - but in the Premier League that’s not easy. But that’s the main target.

“It’s not easy, after a championship you might relax a bit as a team. But the situation is they were down one point off the relegation zone.”

He said it is possible mathematically to make it into the top four and qualify for next season's Champions League, with the Blues currently 11 points behind Tottenham and he explained that he saw signs in last weekend's win over Sunderland that the players were enjoying themselves even if there were one or two 'sloppy moments'.

The new Chelsea boss also described the current landscape of the league as 'refreshing', praising the starts made by Leicester City, Crystal Palace and Watford.

Hiddink witnessed the game alongside Didier Drogba, who he spoke highly of during the press briefing.

"I worked with him five or six years ago and I was delighted to have such a professional in the squad, he's a legend already in this club and outside this club in the world," Hiddink said."The only thing at this moment is he is playing in Montreal."

The Dutchman was then asked if he had any sympathy for Jose Mourinho, the man he replaced, and Hiddink spoke of the success the Portuguese had not just at Chelsea, but across the continent.

"If you look at his record over the years, it's an amazing record that he's done in various clubs," Hiddink said.

"Things happen in football as it happened here and people take decisions which they have taken."

With the January transfer window approaching, Hiddink did not rule out the possibility of doing some business in the transfer market, although he did say he wanted to get the games before the market opened out of the way so he can assess things, but did give his thoughts on the current squad as things stand.

The Chelsea boss said: “The future has to be determined by whoever is in charge then or no.

“Let’s go through the next few games, but I know it’s always open. I’m analysing and watching a lot and I cannot see that they have a lack of ambition or desire.

“I cannot complain and I shouldn’t complain. I have no single complaint."

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