Chelsea manager Guus Hiddink has stated that he is relatively pleased with his side’s performance in a 0-0 draw against Manchester United.
The Blues travelled to face fellow out-of-form side United at Old Trafford, but the sides could not be separated largely thanks to heroics in both goals.
The Dutch trainer stated that his side were solid and prevented the hosts from building momentum, which he was pleased about.
“Tactically it was okay, defensively we were well organised,” the Dutchman told the club’s official website.
“The two best chances were tremendous saves from the goalies, De Gea and Courtois. So no win but we have to consider the situation where Chelsea were and are.”
Chelsea were without usual striker Diego Costa and played Eden Hazard as the furthest man forward in the Spain international’s absence.
Hiddink spoke out about the Belgian leading the line and admitted that not having a proper number nine hurt the team’s chances of scoring.
“We didn’t have full power to hurt Man U – as everyone knows we have some problems in the striker position due to suspension and injuries so we had to think how to solve that problem,” he continued.
“Hazard has done it before and he is capable of doing it because he’s a very versatile player. I’m pleased because we had some good opportunities in the second half. Man U pressed although they didn’t create a lot of chances.”
The result still leaves Chelsea in the bottom half in 14th place, with the Blues facing a sizeable job to salvage their season.
Hiddink has been appointed as the club’s interim manager but looks set to struggle to get the West London side into the top four this term.