London: New Chelsea interim manager Guus Hiddink has asked his underperforming players to "look in the mirror" and claims their future at the club is at risk if they don't up their game. The Dutchman has replaced Jose Mourinho but confirmed at a press conference yesterday it is only likely to be a short-term role.
New Chelsea interim manager Guus Hiddink. Pic/Getty Images
He arrives with Chelsea struggling in 15th spot in the Premier League with supporters unhappy with players for their perceived failure to work for their predecessor. Diego Costa, Cesc Fabregas and Eden Hazard bore the brunt of supporter criticism but Hiddink's message to them was a clear one.
"I spoke fully to the squad and, of course, we talked a bit about the past, why I'm here, the reasons why we are down," he said. "But on the other hand I told them things happen in football and I want everyone to look in the mirror, not just for two seconds, but longer.
"And see what anyone can contribute from now on to raise us up. That was what I was emphasising. Not to look back to much.
"We cannot ignore what has happened in the recent past, but I asked them and told them to look in the mirror and be hypercritical and give the best for the team. They have to look forward."
He added: "There must be a great desire to play. If you don't have that desire, please knock on my door and we'll talk. We'll talk briefly."