Chelsea are set to say goodbye to Guus Hiddink for the second time after completing his second interim spell as manager of the Blues at the end of the season.
His return to Stamford Bridge has not been as fruitful as his first interim role in which he won the FA Cup and finished 3rd in the Premier League, however the Dutchman he is happy with how the season has progressed.
Speaking to De Telegraaf, Hiddink stated:’It turned out a great half season and I want to finish well with these last three matches.’
‘The club was in a negative flow and there was panic. It was my task to restore a calm atmosphere and that happened.’
‘If we kept losing, even to a club like Chelsea there could have been big problems – just like nobody expected Leicester to became champions, that could have happened.’
Hiddink is set to be replaced by Antonio Conte, who is taking on his first managerial role outside of Italy. Speaking in regards to the expectations Conte will face, Hiddink has stated that a strong title challenge will be required for him to keep his job.
‘The pressure is on,’ stated Hiddink. ‘We have to see Chelsea next year again fighting for the title and being on top.’