Chelsea will be hoping to put their midweek Champions League heartache behind them by finding solace in the FA Cup.
The Blues take on Everton at Goodison Park as they look to avoid a European hangover on Merseyside.
It appears a tricky tie for Guus Hiddink's men on paper as they could be without John Terry, Eden Hazard and Diego Costa for the trip.
We'll bring you all the latest team news and gossip from Cobham as it breaks at the club's training ground in Surrey.
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As we turn our heads to Saturday evening’s clash on Merseyside, here are the key talking points from the Dutchman’s briefing.
- Diego Costa will not make the team for Saturday
- John Terry and Eden Hazard will both be travelling to Merseyside
- Chelsea need to confirm their plans for next season as soon as possible, according to Hiddink
- The Premier League will remain Chelsea’s priority
Costa problems linger
The Blues forward limped off against PSG in mid-week and the Chelsea coach admits that Costa may not play against Everton.
He has suffered a series of niggling injuries this season, and the Dutch manager is concerned that he may not be available as a result.
He added: “He went off and had a little bit more problems. I cannot say yes or no at this. It is in his hip as well (as his hamstring).”
Hazard desperate to re-find form
Belgium winger Eden Hazard has struggled this season after being labelled the Premier League Player of the Season last year.
While he has not been the only player to struggle this season, others like Costa have enjoyed a recovery since the departure of Jose Mourinho.
But Hazard has still failed to fully rediscover his form, and Hiddink says he is there to help, not punish, the struggling attacker.
He said: “Every now and then I see that he is capable of doing beautiful and very efficient things. Of course his father was very humble and made very good comment about this. Some players have difficult times - although they are trying - and that’s what he is doing in training as well.
“Sometimes you have to say if you are not feeling well, don’t go on the pitch. But he likes being on the pitch - it’s a matter of when he makes the next step with the capability he has or talents.
“Most of the time we have the idea he is not in big form, let’s punish, but when players ask for help we try to help them.
“Not a holiday. I like to have them near to see what is best. There’s always a lot of emotion involved when someone is not doing what he is able to do - I try to exclude a lot of emotion in that.”
“We try to find a way to get him on the level.”
Dutchman is big advocate of video technology
With news that the IFAB are set to implement video technology in football, the former Netherlands boss has had his say.
Although the Premier League currently has technology in place for goal-line incidents, the new technology will analyse any crucial decisions, and should be in place by 2017-18.
And Hiddink believes the clubs have dragged their feet over the issue.
He said: “Yeah, finally they did. We were having our experiments already in the 80s when I was with PSV in Holland - we did some experiments in games. For instance, with the offside rule by video control.
“At that time, when a goal is coming from an offside that the linesman doesn’t reward - then you give the right to a video ref.
“It will help the referees as well, when you saw the goal last game, it was impossible for the referee to say yes or no. A big part of the ball was over the line. When it’s a decisive decision, it’s a big help.
“Remember the Frank Lampard goal?” The Dutchman reminds the media.
Guus praises Rafa ahead of potential Newcastle appointment
Newcastle United have sacked manager Steve McClaren and there are plenty of reports suggesting that Rafael Benitez will replace him.
The former Blues interim is set to take charge at St James’ Park in a desperate bid to keep the club afloat.
And Hiddink was was sympathetic towards McClaren, but said the move was hardly a surprise.
The coach added: “Rafa has big experience, not just in the Premier League but he has done very well in Italy.
“He has done his time in Madrid - it’s a beautiful club. But every day you sit there you feel the heat.
“It’s always sad when someone has to go but there is some law in our profession that when you are in a position where they are, that’s when you are ejected.”
John Terry travels to Merseyside
The Chelsea skipper was unavailable for the crucial second leg tie with PSG with injury.
He was hopeful for the mid-week tie, but was not fit enough.
He will, however, make the trip to Merseyside with Guus Hiddink’s men.
The Dutch coach added: “He worked rather well the past days and he will be included in the list for tomorrow.
“Of course he has not practised a lot in recent weeks, but it was intensified the past two days, and today we will see if he has a reaction.
“Anyway, I would like him to travel to Liverpool.”
Are we closer to Conte?
The appointment of Italy manager Antonio Conte is just days away, according to reports in Italy.
There have been an increasing number of reports that the soon-to-be Blues boss will be announced in the coming days.
And Hiddink insists it would be in the club’s best interests to make the appointment as soon as possible.
He said: “It is best for all parties to do it as soon as possible, so we can plan for next season.
“It is just speculation, but if the club makes a project with the players they want, then yeah, it’s difficult because I’m going into speculation but on the other hand Chelsea is a very attractive club to play for.
“All clubs have one year of lesser performances - that doesn’t mean the club is less attractive.”
Eden Hazard WILL be available for Everton tie
The Blues winger was substituted off in the match against the Parisians, after having made minimal impact.
He was also in the limelight after swapping shirts with Angel Di Maria at half-time of the Stamford Bridge clash.
But Hiddink insists he is not angry at the winger, and believes the shirt-swapping is just part and parcel of the game in some regions.
He added: “It has an influence on freshness. He will be ok and available, he said so himself. Every now and then we speak. He is desperate to participate in the team performance.
“Not yet (about his reception when subbed off). I was aware of what people suggested afterwards - it was a fact that he swapped shirts.
“But i do not want to overvalue that, because it is a habit.”
No PSG hangover for Guus
Chelsea were beaten 2-1 on Wednesday night as they crashed out of the Champions League.
The turn-around between matches is not ideal, with the Blues playing at 5.30pm on Saturday.
But the Dutch coach insists that Chelsea will not linger on previous results.
Hiddink: “We had difficult loss of course, we had just two days to recover. It is always a blow when you are kicked out - by a good team to be honest.
“Now the players have to prove they can come back - it is important that they are very resilient.”
Premier League remains priority
The Blues face a tough FA Cup trip to Everton tomorrow after mid-week heartbreak.
But although England’s premier cup competition is their last hope of silverware this season, the Chelsea manager insists the league remaisn the priority.
He said: “Well it’s a very important cup to go for. I don’t want to undervalue the Premier League, we managed to come out from the zone to tenth position. Although it will be very hard to get to the qualifying positions. I don’t underestimate or undervalue our position in the league.
“There are some teams like Watford - doing very well, knocking on the door for those positions. This club must go for every game, we cannot say the season is over.
“Even if we have a big failure tomorrow - which we are not thinking of.”
Here we go!
Guus Hiddink has arrived for the pre-Everton press conference.
Expect plenty of updates and team news after the mid-week PSG defeat, with the FA Cup Chelsea’s last remaining chance at silverware.
“Good afternoon,” he says.
Premier League cap away ticket prices
And on a more positive note, in case you missed it, Premier League clubs this week announced some positive ticketing news for fans.
From next season, Blues fans - and all other away supporters- can follow their clubs for no more than £30 per ticket.
The cap will last for at least three seasons, and Chelsea have followed this up by announcing that all home ticket prices will remain frozen for next season.
See, there’s something to smile about after all!
Diego Costa poses huge Chelsea threat, according to David Luiz
And speaking of that Champions League defeat, the substitution of Diego Costa seemed to be a pivotal moment.
The Spain international was looking a threat throughout, scoring the first-half equaliser, until injury forced Guus Hiddink to substitute him for Bertrand Traore.
We are likely to receive an update on the forward, but his importance to the team was emphasised by former Chelsea man David Luiz - who was on the winning side at Stamford Bridge in mid-week.
He said: “Diego Costa is a fantastic player and to play against him is very difficult.
“It was a difficult game for us but we never change our philosophy, we try to play with the ball and create gaps to score. It was a collective victory.”
What next for the Blues?
Chelsea fans will have been reading and re-reading opinions after a painful Wednesday night when the Blues fell to defeat by PSG.
Still, for those who can’t help themselves, or would like another assessment of the Blues’ exit - here are a glimpse of Dan Levene’s thoughts.
“As the minutes were counted down on Chelsea’s Champions League exit, we saw the closing of the door on an era in west London.
“For the club, butt for so many years of music hall gags, which went on to be Champions Of Europe, this was the last time we will ever see Champions League football at Stamford Bridge as we know it.
“It was a goal from Zlatan Ibrahimovic which consigned Chelsea to defeat and, by dint of their poor domestic standing, not one but two seasons out of the latter stages of the continent’s premier competition.”
Blues on the verge of new appointment
But first some news to surely lift the Stamford Bridge faithful - the imminent appointment of Antonio Conte.
Chelsea should be ready to confirm the appointment of Conte as early as next week.
Blues owner Roman Abramovich is keen to get a deal done quickly for the Italian in an attempt to lift some of the gloom after the club’s Champions League exit.
Reports in Italy estimate an announcement will be made no later than Tuesday, March 15, following Chelsea’s visit to Everton.
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Welcome, and thank you for joining us for Guus Hiddink’s press conference ahead of tomorrow evening’s clash at Everton.
The Blues will be hoping to cure their painful mid-week Champions League exit to Paris Saint-Germain with FA Cup victory at Goodison Park.
And they will be eager to replicate the FA Cup success under Hiddink’s previous spell in 2009, starting with victory in Saturday’s sixth round clash.
The Cobham briefing is due to start at 1.30pm.