Guus Hiddink says he is glad to be back in charge at Chelsea

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Former Chelsea manager Hiddink, returning to take over after Jose Mourinho was sacked, says Chelsea still have a mathematical chance of returning to the top four this season

Guus Hiddink says he is glad to be back in charge at Chelsea

SHOWS: COBHAM, ENGLAND, UK (DECEMBER 23, 2015)(REUTERS – ACCESS ALL)

1. (SOUNDBITE)(English) NEW CHELSEA MANAGER GUUS HIDDINK SAYS:

“I am glad to be back and it is a few years ago that I was here in a similar situation and try to help out when I was asked to do so. But first of all I shouldn’t be here but I am here – that is the reality of today’s situation and I am glad to be here because I have worked at that time with a lot of love to the club and to work with the players is always a pleasure.”

2. GUUS HIDDINK IN NEWS CONFERENCE

3. (SOUNDBITE)(English) NEW CHELSEA MANAGER GUUS HIDDINK, TALKING ABOUT REACHING TOP FOUR IN PREMIER LEAGUE, SAYS:

“Mathematically yes. Mathematically it is possible if you can add then it is possible but this league is a very strong league and especially proven this year by, with respect to the clubs which are usually not in the top, which is Leicester, which is Crystal Palace, which is the coming opponent, Watford, amazing and I think refreshingly they are now top of the league, so it means all the teams can kill each other.”

STORY: Guus Hiddink told reporters on Wednesday (December 23) that his return to Stamford Bridge was a surprise but that results had forced the club’s owners to make a decision, and he was glad to answer their call.

“I am glad to be back and it is a few years ago that I was here in a similar situation and try to help out when I was asked to do so,” he said. “But first of all I shouldn’t be here but I am here – that is the reality of today’s situation and I am glad to be here because I have worked at that time with a lot of love to the club and to work with the players is always a pleasure.”

Hiddink gave a slight laugh as he confirmed it was still possible for Chelsea to finish in the Premier League’s top four, as he embarks on a second stint as interim manager at Stamford Bridge.

“Mathematically it is possible,” a relaxed Hiddink, who proved highly popular in 2009 when he took over from sacked Brazilian Luis Felipe Scolari, told reporters at his news conference at the club’s training base.

“If you can add up then it is possible but this league is very strong, which has been especially proven this year with all respect to the clubs at the top — Leicester City, Crystal Palace and Watford… it is amazing and refreshing.

“It means that all the teams can kill each other.”

Chelsea are in 15th place, having lost nine of their opening 17 Premier League games, 10 points behind seventh-placed Watford whom they host on Saturday at the start of a hectic Christmas schedule that also includes a clash with Manchester United.

They are 11 points behind fourth-placed Tottenham Hotspur.

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