Chelsea face a period of transition just after exiting the Champions League, in line with boss Guus Hiddink, who defended playmaker Eden Hazard.
Guus Hiddink urged Chelsea to assume very carefully about their quick future following the reigning Premier League champions bid farewell to the Champions League using a 2-1 defeat at home to Paris Saint-Germain.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic volleyed a 67th-minute winner from close range to offer the runaway Ligue 1 leaders a 4-2 aggregate triumph in their last-16 tie right after Diego Costa, who excelled for Chelsea and cancelled out Adrien Rabiot’s opener, limped off as a result of a hip injury.
A return to Europe’s elite club competitors subsequent season is somewhat improbable and Hiddink expects his long-term successor to be tasked with a vital rebuilding job.
Chelsea are nevertheless unbeaten in domestic competitions since Hiddink’s December appointment, but the shambolic begin to their title defence below Jose Mourinho indicates they lie 10th – 10 points behind fourth-place Manchester City getting played a game additional.
“Everyone, in my opinion, knows Chelsea is inside a transition period,” the veteran Dutchman told a post-match news conference.
“They need to go on and make up the lost terrain of where Chelsea must be. Chelsea have to take into consideration the short-term future and how you can deal with this.
“I was disappointed soon after the game. After you analyse the game we started as well respectfully.
“You have to be cautious not to be outplayed within the 1st part of the game, but we have been also respectable. They went 1-0 up then we began to win some duels and got the equaliser.
“There have been some possibilities each approaches inside the 1st half. Within the second half we pushed and we had been on the edge [of scoring] inside the 65th minute, and in the 67th minute they killed the game.”
Eden Hazard developed the newest nondescript efficiency of an usually disappointing season for Chelsea and was booed by a section on the household help when he was substituted in the 77th minute.
The Belgium international swapped shirts with PSG star Angel Di Maria at half-time and Hiddink was keen to defuse any ill-feeling towards his player.
“I haven’t seen [the shirt swap] but I’m conscious of it,” he added. “It ought to not be done but in some nations it’s usual which you do it.
“Maybe they may be each utilized to performing that. I don’t need to see a undesirable thought about that. It is not a major issue for me.”
On the booing, he added: “[The fans] possess the right to complete what they want. [Hazard] was possessing a problem using a hip injury.”