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Hiddink plans title push
13 Feb 2009 - 07:47:06
New Chelsea manager Guus Hiddink believes the club can still win the Premier League title even though the Blues are seven points behind current leaders Manchester United, who also have a game in hand.
Hiddink has been appointed as Luiz Felipe Scolari's successor in the Stamford Bridge hot-seat until the end of the season and remains upbeat about the team's chances of clinching some silverware this term.
The Blues are in the last 16 of the Champions League and the fifth round of the FA Cup, with Hiddink saying: "There is a ten-point difference but if you look in the past of this league and other leagues as well, some things can happen during the final stages of the championship.
"All the three roads are very important. The next game against Watford, and then Aston Villa and Juventus, and then you go on the path of the Champions League, and that is so attractive. The club has the experience to go to the Final.
"I am not just here to add to my experience with the club and Premier League, but also I want to see these results as soon as possible.
"The players are very committed. I have seen the training session, but sometimes you can have a little bit different approach to get even more efficiency out of the players.
"That is where I am aiming at and if you add those individuals together and make a team, then everyone can bring a little bit more.
"Not just in commitment. It is too easy to talk commitment because everyone has an obligation to be committed, but in the tactical and the strategic approach during the game. We might gain some profit.
"I worked several years with Alex (at PSV) but I know the players of Chelsea and other clubs as well, I know almost all of the players.
"To be honest I don't know the players from the academy and I see them participating already with the first team which is good. I have to know them better, how they play etc, but generally speaking I know the players."