Guus Hiddink offers fitness update, team news, and thoughts on life after his reign

Guus Hiddink

Chelsea interim manager Guus Hiddink addressed the media ahead of his side's Premier League clash with Stoke City.

Chelsea interim manager Guus Hiddink has said that John Terry will not play a part in this weekend's clash with Stoke City in the Premier League, but does have a chance of featuring in the second leg of their Champions League tie with Paris Saint Germain this week.

Hiddink said that Pedro is only likely to be used as a substitute against Stoke and that Diego Costa will start but may be withdrawn before the final whistle as the Blues boss looks to manage the fitness of his in-form striker, though stressed the forward wants to play every minute.  

He told his pre-match press conference, as shown on the club's official TV channel: "It's difficult to put a brake on him. maybe during the game he will not have a full game.

"We must be careful not to give him an overload in games but he's difficult to stop. He wants to play every game."

Hiddink has overseen a remarkable turnaround in form since his return to the manager's dugout as they have ended their flirtation with the relegation zone and moved into the top half of the league - and are now eight points off the Champions League places.

Asked what his secret was, Hiddink replied with: "The players responded rather well when I came in, and I said the question to everyone: "What was your contribution in the year of the championship? What was your contribution in the last half year?

"We started to get some results with draws and later on with victories. The players responded and that's important."

Hiddink was asked again over whether he would want the job and batted away the question, saying that whoever arrives must be manager that isn't for the short-term.

"I said I'm here for a short period, that's how we started, and I feel the club needs to go in a new era when it's not on short spells. I don't like the word 'project,' but they have to go into a new era."

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