Hiddink urges league focus

24 April 2009 03:53
Guus Hiddink insists Chelsea must not take their eye off their Premier League campaign during the season run-in.[LNB] The Champions League and the FA Cup are now the Blues' realistic targets for silverware this term after the goalless league draw at home to Everton in midweek.[LNB]That left third-placed Chelsea six points adrift of leaders Manchester United with five games left, although United also have a game in hand.[LNB]But while coach Hiddink accepts the league title is probably now beyond them, he has urged his side to chase the best league finish possible.[LNB]"We have to take the league seriously," he said. "We have to be in the first few spots for qualification for the Champions League next year.[LNB]Serious"We have to go for second or third place at least, so we have to take this game very seriously.[LNB]"There's always a reaction. As we said before, the pressure was always on Liverpool and us not to drop points, which we did.[LNB]"So, normally, we cannot go for the title. We have a very important game coming up on Tuesday, but also tomorrow (against West Ham).[LNB]"Man Utd had a difficult time dropping points a few weeks ago, but their game in hand is a luxury.[LNB]"They'll use that. If you're in the driver's seat, and you are used to being there, then you are the favourite. They are favourites. When I'm favourite, normally I win."[LNB]High priceHiddink is also looking at the positives of no longer challenging for honours on three fronts, however.[LNB]"If your squad isn't fully equipped with quality players for all the 11 positions, sometimes you might pay a high price if you fight for three titles," he said.[LNB]"It's difficult, as it's shown for us. We have to be realistic.[LNB]"The big clubs don't waste too many points these days. They recover."[LNB]

Source: SKY_Sports