Guus Hiddink has warned Sunderland that his Chelsea side will put as much energy into their upcoming encounter as they did in the recent London derby with Tottenham Hotspur, the club’s official website reports.
Sunderland host the Blues in a key Premier League clash for those involved at the bottom of the table.
The Black Cats currently sit in 18th position in the table, one point ahead of Norwich City, who face Manchester United, and one point behind Newcastle United, who play Aston Villa.
Chelsea have very little to play for which may benefit Sam Allardyce’s men, but caretaker boss Hiddink has warned the Wearside club his side will not be taking it easy as they target all three points.
“We want to have the same approach for all the teams who are still fighting to avoid relegation. They deserve the same approach in our seriousness, we will go for the win of course,” Hiddink explained to Chelseafc.com.
“Given the situation it wouldn’t be fair of us to have a serious approach for the Spurs game and not have a serious approach for the other games. I am not going to change a lot in the team. They have to win, and we want to win. We will give them as much resistance as we have.”
Despite Chelsea’s season having long tailed off, to their credit they maintained a high level of intensity in the recent games against Bournemouth and Tottenham and showed their quality.
Sunderland will be up against a strong team at the Stadium of Light, and their chances of winning may depend on how disciplined they remain at the back up against a rejuvenated Eden Hazard.
The Black Cats must record a positive result, as a failure to do so coupled with a Newcastle win at Villa Park could see Allardyce’s men facing relegation before the final day of the season.