Speaking for the first time since replacing Jose Mourinho, Hiddink said that he should not be taking over mid-season and that the playing squad should take responsibility for turning Chelsea’s campaign around.
Tottenham Hotspur’s Harry Kane fights for the ball with Chelsea’s Kenedy during their Premier League match at White Hart Lane, London, November 29, 2015.
Hiddink has been appointed manager of the misfiring English champions until the end of the season following Jose Mourinho’s sacking a week ago.
“I have some time to give judgement to young players, but I’ll have them in the toughness of first-team training as soon as possible”.
Hiddink has not brought in his own support staff, and will work with Steve Holland and Eddie Newton who were in charge for last weekend’s home win against Sunderland.
“I know the fans will support the team as they did briefly during some executions of the last game”.
After everything that happened between Mourinho and the Chelsea players, Hiddink told the squad that they would have to knuckle down and play for him if they wanted a future at Stamford Bridge.
This could be a historic result for the Hornets and we expect them to maintain their professional outlook to the game despite how well they have been performing of late.
It’s unusual for him to say ‘okay, you’re a manager.’ He knows me as a player, not like a coach.
Flores played under Hiddink for three years at Valencia but now locks horns with him as a manager when his Watford side travel to Chelsea.
Blues medic Carneiro was branded “naive” for rushing onto the field to treat the Belgium star in Chelsea’s 2-2 draw with Swansea on 8 August.
‘When one team happen on the pitch you analyse three games before.
He said: ‘We know we have a good run but the feeling I have in the dressing room is it’s no surprise.
“I have lots of respect for what Watford has done but hopefully things can go positively for us”.
Nathan Ake is absent so Watford have to make one change from the side which beat Liverpool when they head to Chelsea on Boxing Day.