Chelsea’s interim manager Guus Hiddink has conceded that it is impossible for his side to finish in the top four this season and has pledged to give a number of young players more of a chance before the end of the campaign.
The reigning Premier League champions have fallen from grace dramatically, with Jose Mourinho sacked and the club set to end the campaign without silverware.
A major rebuilding process at Stamford Bridge is expected this summer, with Hiddink to be replaced by a new permanent boss.
The experienced Dutchman has admitted that his team have fallen too far adrift of the division’s pacesetters and giving young players a chance to feature is one of the rare opportunities left for the West London outfit.
“It’s difficult for Chelsea to get where we were dreaming of in December, trying to get fourth place – that’s impossible,” The Daily Mail quote Hiddink as saying.
“We have to face the facts now, being out of the FA Cup and the Champions League, there are other circumstances – particularly after the international break – where younger players might get a chance, without guarantees. They’ll have to knock on the door. Probably, they’ll get more chances.”
Chelsea were eliminated from the Champions League by Paris Saint-Germain and will need to rebuild ahead of next season if they are to fight for major honours.