Hiddink hails deserved win

09 April 2009 07:34
Chelsea coach Guus Hiddink claimed Wednesday's 3-1 Champions League victory over Liverpool was an unexpected but deserved quarter-final first-leg scoreline. The Blues are now firm favourites to reach the last four stage after overcoming the disappointment of conceding a sixth-minute Fernando Torres opener at Anfield. Two headed goals from Branislav Ivanovic and a third from Didier Drogba stunned Liverpool and left Hiddink thrilled with the manner of the fightback. "I admit it was an unexpected result, but we are very happy with the win and it was well deserved," he said. "We started very sloppily, the jobs we were doing in defence were not as good as they could have been. "We let them score far too easily, but I can only compliment my team for their recovery from that set-back. Straight afterwards we could have equalised on two occasions. "But we reacted well, we scored with a very good set-piece and from then on the confidence flooded through our team. "We pin-pointed areas in our opponents' side where we could hurt them. The team could smell that and they took advantage. "We talked about that situation again at the break and made sure we continued in the same way." However, Hiddink has warned his players against complacency ahead of next week's second leg at Stamford Bridge. "The next game we have to be very concentrated," he added. "We can't take it lightly because Liverpool have proven in the past that they can surprise."

Source: ESA