Guus Hiddink offers thoughts on West Ham, Slaven Bilic, Alexandre Pato speculation

Guus Hiddink

Chelsea interim manager Guus Hiddink addressed the media ahead of their clash with West Ham United at Stamford Bridge

Chelsea interim manager Guus Hiddink has said that West Ham are an adventurous team ahead of their meeting at Stamford Bridge this weekend. 

The Hammers are just two points off the Champions League places and are sitting in fifth position after an incredible season under Slaven Bilic so far, a man who has the respect of the Chelsea boss and not just for the job he has done during his first season at the Hammers. 

Hiddink told reporters, as broadcast on the club's official website: "I expect a tough match because they are doing very well. It's a courageous team who can put a very fast counter. They have very skillful players

"This is a team that is showing a lot of character, they show also they can play. They have players who can score and be decisive in any minute.

"You can of course always focus the attention of the camera on the players that make the difference but I also think the organisation and the stability of the lesser known players is also important.

"He (Bilic) is a very stable, very driven coach which I know him for many years, I think there's mutual respect not just by saying but when we meet each other we talk. Being a young manager, he did already many, many good things."

Hiddink also said that he expects Alexandre Pato to his loan spell at the club to last until the end of the season, despite not making a single appearance for the side, and has only been named in the matchday squad twice this season - and both times has been an unused substitute.

The Dutchman explained the reasons for signing Pato on loan from Corinthians: "You have to see when he was hired and coming on loan here we had a very difficult situation here. The only striker we had that time was Diego Costa.

"We had also Remy in very troubled water and Falcao also. That was the reason to get Pato on loan. Meanwhile everyone is becoming fitter and fitter and there is the law of competition."

Hiddink seemed hopeful that Radamel Falcao could feature after the international break having returned to training but it will depend on how he reacts now he's back in full training, after another season that has been blighted by injuries for the Colombian.

The Chelsea boss also suggested that a few younger players could be in line for more opportunities from next month after the club were knocked out of the Champions League and FA Cup, and with the side languishing in 10th place in the Premier League.

Also, Eden Hazard is set to miss this weekend's game with a thigh injury. 

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