Chelsea boss happy with draw, bemoans lack of killer instinct
Guus Hiddink admits he is happy with a point from Chelsea’s clash with Manchester United but is frustrated by his side’s wasteful finishing.
Chelsea drew 0-0 at Old Trafford, despite largely playing on the back foot, with United hitting the woodwork twice.
However, the Blues did have chances of their own, with David de Gea making a number of impressive saves, while Nemanja Matic was guilty of wasting a golden opportunity – blazing the ball over when clear on goal.
“On the one hand, I am happy with a point because we had a difficult game, but on the other, we had two big chances to get three points. We were lacking some attacking players and had to adapt. In general I’m happy,” Hiddink said.
“Matic tells me when everyone expects him to make a goal, he doesn’t and the other way round. I told him that I didn’t expect him to score, so why didn’t he?
“The team is showing ambition to get away from the relegation zone as soon as possible.”
With Diego Costa suspended and Loic Remy and Radamel Falcao both injured, the Hiddink was forced to start with Eden Hazard as his side’s striker.
“Everyone knows we have some problems in our striker’s position due to suspension and injuries,” he added.
“We have not won, but now we are three games (unbeaten) and that is important.”
Chelsea are now 14th in the Premier League, only three points above the relegation zone and 15 off the top four.