So the Dutch master blue adventure started, I’m big fan of this man especially when I look to his CV and accomplishments
Chelsea asked me to help out till the end of the season, I have my work with Russia, which I will fulfill.
I have just done it because of the strong links between the Chelsea owner and the Russian federation.
I am not just here to pass the time until the end of the season. That is not in my mind. My priority is Villa Park, first – the next game. The next battle is Villa.
We know the situation at Chelsea. They are in three competitions – the FA Cup, Champions League and the league, Chelsea are 10 points down on Man Utd, which will be very difficult, but we will give it a try.
Realistically it is difficult. But in the history of football there have been changes in the final minutes.
Chelsea don’t just have to win, but United have to lose as well. On the other two competitions, Chelsea are of course in the race. That is why it is a challenge.
Tony Cascarino thinks that Hiddink task with Chelsea is hard:
Hiddink has a difficult task. Chelsea have been too bland in recent months, lacking creativity, and their wide options aren’t great. Florent Malouda and Salomon Kalou aren’t top quality and I don’t think Ricardo Quaresma is the answer
Martin O’Neill also think Hiddink have tough job to do with Chelsea:
It is incredibly hard, I think there might be a reason for doing it on a short-term basis, not overall. I think it would be very hard to combine an international management role with one in the Premier League over the fullness of time
Eventually, when you lose a game or two, someone will accuse you of not spending enough time in one particular camp. I think it is exceptionally difficult (for Hiddink).
His first game will be against Aston Villa (3rd with 51 pts)
Chelsea now fourth with 49 pts, will face at the Villa Park their direct rivals Aston Villa so what changes we will saw Hiddink will do in his starting line-up.
I remembered Russia under Hiddink during Euro 2008, he use full-backs to make an attacking width for Russia Anyukov (right back) and Zhirkov (left back), Hiddink maybe have better two full-backs (Ashley Cole and Jose Bosingwa)
He love to have athletic team with attacking minded playing style plus he like to keep pressure on the opposite team.
Anelka and Drogba should start both as pair strikers; with the players in his disposal 4-4-2 is the formation Hiddink will apply, relying on full-backs to add width.
The question is who will play in the central field (Ballack – Lampard – Mikel – Deco) maybe all of them? Or (Quaresma – Kalou – Malouda) two of them will feature in Aston Villa game.
I like Norman Hubbard from Soccernet.com thoughts about what formation could Hiddink choose:
Hiddink, unlike the majority of his peers in the Premier League, has rarely used an orthodox 4-4-2. That ultimately worked for Ray Wilkins at Watford on Saturday; however, a shortage of natural wingers and a surfeit of central midfielders make it hard for Hiddink to deploy it with his new charges. Like many Dutch managers, he is no stranger to 4-3-3, but Chelsea has stagnated in that system.
We should wait and see although my opinion Hiddink will not make drastic changes and he may try to save his tactical options for the Champions League match against Juventus especially Champions League is the real reasonable title they can challenge as Chelsea is 10 points less than Man United.