Guus Hiddink says Chelsea will be professional until the end

Guus Hiddink says Chelsea will be professional until the end

Chelsea have had a say in the title race and will approach their clash at relegation-threatened Sunderland on Saturday with the same level of professionalism, says interim boss Guus Hiddink.

Chelsea's 2-2 draw with Tottenham on Monday ended Spurs Premier League title hopes and saw Leicester crowned the Blues' successors as champions.

And Sunderland are in desperate need of points to avoid the drop.

"We are going into the last three games with the same attitude," said Hiddink, whose side also play at Liverpool and at home to Leicester.

"(Sunderland) have to win and we want to win. It's the same situation as against Spurs. We give them as much resistance as we have.

"All the teams still fighting to avoid relegation deserve the same approach in our seriousness.

"No guarantee that we can win, but we go for a win of course."

The repercussions of Monday's fiery encounter at Stamford Bridge continue.

Chelsea and Spurs have until May 9 to respond to three breaches of failing to control their players.

Hiddink was reluctant to address the full scale of the fallout on Friday.

"It was a hot game," Hiddink said.

"Within the rules of sportsmanship you have to play.

"There were too many chest to chest situations, which was not good for the game.

"It's up to the FA to make a judgement. I don't have any comments on that (the response)."

Hiddink played down the involvement of Cesc Fabregas, who was alleged to be a main protagonist in the fracas following the final whistle.

"I took him away into the tunnel and then the shuffling started a bit. He went into the tunnel without any arguing," Hiddink said.

Hiddink watched Chelsea's December win over the Black Cats at Stamford Bridge before his appointment as caretaker boss following the sacking of Jose Mourinho.

The 69-year-old Dutchman is in the final eight days of his second interim spell before Antonio Conte's arrival as head coach.

Hiddink will resist wholesale changes at the Stadium of Light and has no plans to promote young players who have not played for the first team so far this season.

"Given the situation, it doesn't seem fair to us," Hiddink said.

Following next Wednesday's match at Anfield, Chelsea host Leicester on the final day.

Claudio Ranieri's Foxes can expect a warm welcome at Stamford Bridge.

"First I like to win," Hiddink said.

"We will give them a guard of honour, win and then give them another guard of honour. That is a nice scenario."

Eden Hazard's equaliser against Spurs launched the Leicester party.

Hiddink would not confirm if there was a farewell shindig planned for John Terry.

The 35-year-old Chelsea captain, who has made over 700 appearances since his debut in October 1998, is out of contract this summer and is yet to agree an extension.

On the reports Terry has booked Stamford Bridge for a party, Hiddink said: "I hope I will be invited. I don't know. You have to ask him."

There may be a number of farewells on May 15, with a higher than normal summer turnover of playing staff expected under Conte.

Hiddink denied there had been a falling out between Thibaut Courtois and Chelsea goalkeeping coach Christophe Lollichon.

The Blues boss said "they're different personalities", and added: "The most important thing is Courtois recently said he's very happy at Chelsea and he will stay at the club."

Courtois is back from a two-match suspension and could displace Asmir Begovic at Sunderland.

Striker Loic Remy (groin) and defender Kurt Zouma (knee) are out.

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