London: Chelsea interim manager Guus Hiddink has urged his club’s players to “look in the mirror” and decide how to take their side up the ladder in the English Premier League.
The defending champions are presently struggling at the 15th place in the league table with only five wins from 17 games.
“Yesterday I talked fully to the squad. I told them, things happen in football and I want them to look in the mirror, not just two seconds but longer, and see how they can contribute on the way up,” Hiddink was quoted as saying by The Independent on Wednesday.
“I told them as professionals to look in the mirror and be ultra-critical. There must be desire to play. If you don’t have it, knock on my door and we’ll talk briefly.”
The Dutchman who had earlier enjoyed a stint at Chelsea in 2009 as a temporary manager for three months said he is glad to be back with the team.
“I shouldn’t be here, halfway into the season, because it means things aren’t going well, but I am glad to be back,” he said.
“We have to show to ourselves, to the club and to the fans that the team has a big desire to wash away the last half year and go up to the next coming games. If we do that, the results will follow.”
The 69-year-old also said he has considered the possibility of having Didier Drogba as one of his support staff.
“I worked with Didier a while ago and he is a legend in this club,” he said.
“At this moment he is playing in Montreal but all clubs have figures who can be ambassadors, coaches, manager or whatever, and they need the opportunity to do so.”
“They give the brand Chelsea a big image worldwide.”