Guus Hiddink: Chelsea will not treat Spurs game any differently

Guus Hiddink: Chelsea will not treat Spurs game any differently

Chelsea interim boss Guus Hiddink is full of admiration for Tottenham and has denied the Blues' sole remaining motivation this season is to end their rivals' Barclays Premier League title hopes.

Leicester need three more points to secure the championship and play at Manchester United on Sunday, before Spurs' trip to Stamford Bridge.

The title, won by Chelsea last season, is out of Tottenham's control, but, even if Leicester lose at Old Trafford, a defeat on Monday night would end Spurs' hopes.

Eden Hazard and Cesc Fabregas have said they do not want Tottenham to win the league, but Hiddink insists the Blues will treat the contest in the same way as the following games with Sunderland, Liverpool and Leicester, who visit on the final day of the season.

"It's not specifically (about stopping) Tottenham to make the season a success," Hiddink said.

"That's not true. I don't think like that. I cannot give a guarantee of results, but I can guarantee the effort will be there. Not just in Monday's game."

Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino has attracted admirers, Hiddink among them, for making Tottenham title challengers and on Friday said he intends to stay at White Hart Lane by signing a new contract until 2021.

Hiddink, who recently met Pochettino at a managers' meeting, said: "I respect very much the work Mauricio Pochettino is doing in this club and the very calm way, knowing what he's doing.

"I see them play in a way I like to see a team play, which is attractive. He's doing a very good job.

"It's a complete team. I'm Blue and Chelsea, but I've seen them play this year and I enjoy it very much.

"They showed this year a lot of stability. There's never a guarantee in football, but the way they play is a way for success. They have very good balance in their team."

Chelsea have not lost at home to Spurs in any competition since February 1990, when Gary Lineker scored the winner.

Lineker, now presenter of Match of the Day, is from Leicester and has pledged to present the programme in his underwear next season if the Foxes prevail.

Hiddink, who will be succeeded by Antonio Conte this summer, reckons Claudio Ranieri's men can challenge again next season.

"They were fearless to go for the title. That's admirable," Hiddink added.

"If they stay fearless, they will knock on the door (next season)."

Spurs fans will look at Hiddink's home record in his second caretaker spell and be confident of ending their 26-year wait for victory at Stamford Bridge.

He has restored stability since Jose Mourinho's December departure, but has one Premier League home win - against Newcastle in February - six draws and one loss.

"So rub it in, man," said Hiddink, when reminded of his home record.

"We'd like to have more victories."

John Terry (Achilles) and fellow defender Gary Cahill (illness) are expected to be fit to feature, but goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois completes a two-match suspension.

Terry, who has missed 10 of the last 12 matches, may not be able to feature for 90 minutes.

"It's good to have them back," Hiddink said.

More in this Section

Gatland says Wales will keep feet on the ground after reaching rankings summitGatland says Wales will keep feet on the ground after reaching rankings summit

Manchester City denied late winner by VAR as Spurs steal a pointManchester City denied late winner by VAR as Spurs steal a point

Kilkenny return to Championship final after second half comeback against TippKilkenny return to Championship final after second half comeback against Tipp

Late Forrest strike ensures Celtic avoid cup upset against DunfermlineLate Forrest strike ensures Celtic avoid cup upset against Dunfermline


Lifestyle

Incarcerated in Auschwitz and other Nazi death camps Zuzana Ruzickova somehow survived and went on to create the complete recordings of her beloved Bach, writes James Lawless.Book review: Nazi horrors replaced by brutal Soviets for piano player

The Menu was delighted to make recent mention of a new UCC postgraduate diploma in Irish food culture and is equally pleased to announce availability of two new bursaries for same.The Menu: Food news with Joe McNamee

Milky skincare ingredients keep skin fresh and often suit the whole family, it’s moo-vellous, writes Rachel Marie Walsh.Product watch: Milky skincare ingredients for the whole family

George Orwell’s classic novel foretold a lot, but the manner in which we’ve handed over our personal data to faceless corporatocracies is doubleplus-ungood, says Suzanne Harrington.How we sleepwalked into George Orwell’s nightmarish vision

More From The Irish Examiner