Guus Hiddink on importance of FA Cup, hopes for rest of the season, fitness update

Guus Hiddink

Chelsea interim manager Guus Hiddink addressed the media ahead of his side's trip to Everton in the quarter-finals of the FA Cup.

Chelsea boss Guus Hiddink feels the FA Cup is an important competition but he doesn't want to undervalue the Premier League for the remainder of the season while they pursue the last piece of silverware on offer for the Blues this season. 

The side were knocked out of the Champions League in midweek by Paris Saint Germain, meaning that the FA Cup will take on more significance, but Hiddink doesn't give the impression he's given up on the possibility of guiding the side into the top four this season, despite the need to bridge a 10-point gap, and make up six league places in the procees.

Speaking at a pre-match press conference, as shown on the club's website: "Obviously it's a very important cup to go for but i don't want to undervalue the classification in the Premier League because we managed to come out from December from the zone to 10th position. Although it might be very difficult to get to the qualifying positions we don't neglect that. 

"We can not say the season is over, even if we have a big failure tomorrow that we're not thinking of. 

"It's an important competition but once more we're not neglecting the Premier League. The FA Cup I think is the one cup in the world where the world has the attention." 

Even if Chelsea don't make it into Europe's premier competition for next season, the Dutchman said the club remained an attractive proposition for players to join, suggesting that one year out of the competition doesn't diminish the club's standing greatly.

Hiddink also agreed with Eden Hazard's father about the Belgian's fitness, after he suggested the player was struggling with injury for much of the season but the Chelsea boss confirmed he will be fit enough to be part of the squad for the weekend. John Terry is due to travel with the squad but remains a doubt, while Diego Costa also seems to be a doubt after limping off in the midweek defeat to PSG with a hip and hamstring problem.

He will be available for the weekend. He's desperate to participate in a team performance. Not yet about that but I was also aware of what was suggested afterwards.   

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