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Blues victory pleases Hiddink
26 Apr 2009 - 11:41:25
Chelsea's interim head coach Guus Hiddink was pleased to see his side secure a 1-0 win at West Ham, despite the Blues' focus being on their upcoming Champions League semi-final.
Hiddink's men play Barcelona on Tuesday evening, with the Dutchman happy that his squad travel to Spain on a positive note.
He told the club's official website: "We approached this game very seriously because we have to focus also on the league.
"It is not easy when you have a big game coming up on Tuesday, but we cannot drop points in the upcoming league programme. That is why the team played with ambition.
"We have this very difficult match against the best team in Europe, or the world. Considering that we did a decent game here.
"The team played well in the first half, we controlled the game, we were dominating. The only thing I have some criticism of was the final pass in and around the box to finish it off.
"In the second half we did do that with the goal, but also we made some concentration errors in attack and midfield. That caused counter-attacks and then we got a little bit in trouble.
"It was the same with the penalty when we were sloppy in losing an easy ball, we were not forced to lose the ball.
"We caused a penalty, but happily we have a good goalkeeper and he saved us."