Good afternoon everyone and welcome to today's coverage of Guus Hiddink's Chelsea press confernece.
The Blues boss is due to sit down with the media at approximately 1.15pm ahead of the Bank Holiday Monday clash with Tottenham.
Spurs are still challenging for the Premier League crown but they could be out of the race by the time they visit Stamford Bridge - if Leicester can win at Manchester United on Sunday.
Chelsea fans would like nothing more than to see Tottenham pitch up in west London having lost out to the Foxes, however Hiddink has remained diplomatic so far.
Will that change today? We'll soon find out as the interim manager joins us to update us on team news and explain how the team has trained following last weekend's fine win at Bournemouth.
And now we wait...
So Guus Hiddink has ended his press conference ahead of Monday’s derby with Spurs.
With the Blues raring to go, here are some of the highlights from Hiddink’s briefing...
- Chelsea must keep Willian, says Hiddink
- Rivalry with Spurs is normal, and Blues integrity will not be questioned
- Centre back partners will return to the first team frame
- Blues gunning to continue home unbeaten streak against Tottenham
Tireless Willian must be kept by Chelsea, says Hiddink
Brazilian midfielder Willian has been linked with a move to China to follow compatriot, and former Blues midfielder Ramires.
The Chinese Super League made a series of high-profile acquisitions over the winter transfer window, including the likes of Jackson Martinez.
But Hiddink insists Chelsea would be wiser to keep hold of Willian.
He said: “Well I know WIllian for many years, first of all as a person he is very down to earth and a very nice person - but that is not interesting.
“On top of that, he is doing a very good job in a difficult year. With his natural ability, he is still working very hard and sacrificing himself.
“He has the attitude to do so.”
Leicester title chase will not affect Blues' derby clash
Spurs, of course, could have their already faint title hopes ended by Monday night.
But Hiddink insists the match will still be entertaining for all to watch, regardless of what incentives are on the line.
After all, it is a London derby.
He added: “Chelsea have to compete every season for silverware - not just this specific game.
“It would be easy to say ok, now the season is over. We focus on one game, then we make an analysis on the whole season.
“In case Leicester wins the Championship, then it will still be an entertaining game.
“Leicester have been on top of the league since whenever, it is admirable.
“If they stay fearless, they will knock on the door. But it is difficult to predict for next season.”
England rugby coach asked Hiddink for guidance
Australian coach Eddie Jones watched on as the Blues trained before Monday’s clash with Tottenham.
Hiddink said he spoke to the England Rugby Union coach, and taught him about football’s basics.
The Dutchman said: “We talked a bit before training - one of the issues was that he was thinking why do football players easily lose possession of the ball.
“We said ‘ok, let’s go to the pitch’ - he said it is very complicated, what you have to do with your feet in limited area and time.
“He was in a nice way impressed.”
Hiddink keen to see more Chelsea youth
The Chelsea interim coach will be delighted after the Blues sealed their third consecutive FA Youth Cup with victory over Manchester City.
Dujon Sterling, Tammy Abraham, Fikayo Tomori all scored at Stamford Bridge as the Blues saw off City after a 1-1 draw in the first leg.
And Hiddink is excited for the future of Chelsea, although admits it is hard for the Blues youngsters to make the step into the first team.
He added: “To step up is not easy. It is not easy to step up to the first team.
“On the other hand we see some youngsters - and I am strongly in favour to see them in the training.
“Although I understand when Chelsea play in tournaments, and they bring in good young players to win the cup.”
Mauricio Pochettino has won Guus Hiddink's admiration
Dele Alli will sit out the remainder of the season after being handed a three-match ban by the FA.
The England youngster, who has burst onto the Premier League scene this season, received punishment for landing a punch on Claudio Yacob in Spurs’ 1-1 draw at West Brom on Monday night.
And Hiddink is still wary of a determined Spurs side, regardless of Alli’s absence.
He added: “Alli’s absence is not good for them, but they have a large squad and have had a good season.
“I respect the work Pochettino is doing, and it shows the team.
“Outside the feelings, I see them play in the way you would like a team to play - which is attractive. He is doing a very good job there.
“The selection is strong. When Dele Alli is not playing - his replacement will try to do a strong job as well.
“They are defensively well organised, and have a strong urge to attack. With a full-back, midfield, attack.”
Chelsea unbeaten streak to continue?
Chelsea have not suffered defeats at the hands of Tottenham at Stamford Bridge in the Premier League since February 1990.
And although brushing aside the significance of the Blues’ run, Hiddink is determined to continue that streak.
He said: “It says that Chelsea have always been strong in the past at Stamford Bridge and I hope we can continue it.
“We want to continue that - I am not a man of statistics.”
Hiddink refuses to have Chelsea's integrity questioned
Chelsea face their London rivals on Monday determined to knock them out of the title challenge once and for all.
Led by Harry Kane and Christian Eriksen, Mauricio Pochettino’s men have been doing their best to challenge Leicester for Premier League glory.
Cesc Fabregas and Eden Hazard have both been vocal in stating their ill will towards Spurs’ push for the title.
And although the Foxes could claim the title on Sunday, the Blues will be more than happy to finish the job the next night if Ranieri’s men fall short at Old Trafford.
But Hiddink said: “I haven’t heard about Cesc. From Hazard he made it after the bournemouth game. We have to not overvalue it in the sense that it is just Tottenham.
“After that, it’s not important anymore. All the games I demand the players, but they don’t need that. Whether it’s Spurs now or other teams in future.
“Scrutiny is always the right of everyone - press and ourselves. That is why you are playing in the limelight. There is no extra scrutiny.
“I know what the intention was of the players - there’s a rivalry, as with Arsenal and West Ham. That’s a normal rivalry.
“That doesn’t need extra scrutiny.”
John Terry and Gary Cahill WILL return
The Blues will shape up for Monday night’s clash with London rivals Tottenham with Guus Hiddink’s men determined to finish Spurs’ title challenge.
The White Hart Lane side may have already conceded the title by the time they arrive at Stamford Bridge on Monday night, with Leicester facing Manchester United on Sunday.
But regardless of whether Claudio Ranieri’s wonders manage to seal the title over the weekend, Chelsea will be gunning for three points on Monday.
And they will be boosted by the return of Gary Cahill and John Terry.
Hiddink said: “I think so because they both participated in this week’s training. They are ok to come into the first 18.
“It’s good to have them back, because John was out longer period because of injury. Gary a little bit the same.
“For the whole group, we said we don’t want this season to fade. The team responded well in Bournemouth.”
Young guns wait in the wings
Chelsea have long been criticised for their inability to blood youngsters into the first-team setup at Stamford Bridge.
Last year’s Premier League Champions surrendered their title with a whimper after a dreadful campaign in 2015-16.
However, the Blues’ youth side have experienced a contrasting year to the senior professionals.
The west Londoner’s U19s became the first side to win back-to-back UEFA Youth League titles when they beat Paris Saint-Germain 2-1 in mid-April.
Incoming manager Antonio Conte may finally gift the youngsters the opportunities they have both earned and craved if he deems the talented group ready.
But who out of the successful youth squad is likely to get a shot at the big time under the Italian supremo?
Zola thinks Roman has picked a winner
Chelsea legend Gianfranco Zola believes Roman Abramovich has found the right man to bring success to Stamford Bridge in Italy boss Antonio Conte.
Abramovich will expect his new number to bring instant success to the team and Zola is certain he has the European pedigree to succeed in the Premier League and Champions League.
Abramovich wants to win the league and he wants to win the Champions League, and he’s going to have the right man for that objective.
He is the right choice for a strong, prestigious club. (Conte) knows how to work with champions and talented players.
He demands a clear communication - if he tells you that you need to eat the grass, then you’ve got to give him what he wants perfectly.
Rahman named as Fenerbahce target
Chelsea defender Baba Rahman has been named as a summer transfer target for Fenerbahce.
The Ghana international has had a torrid time in west London after being signed for a sizeable fee in the summer.
Rahman arrived at Stamford Bridge with a good reputation forged after a superb season for Augsburg in the Bundesliga.
However, he was barely afforded any minutes on the pitch under Jose Mourinho in the first half of the season as the Special One stuck with Cesar Azpilicueta.
Defensive injuries have seen Azpilicueta shifted to right back in recent weeks and allowed Rahman to get some football under his belt.
But the left-back has not seized his opportunity to impress after a series of shaky displays, not to mention being hauled off at half-time at Southampton in February.
New kit revealed?
The internet has gone into overdrive in recent weeks as anticipation builds ahead of the release of next season’s football kits.
Various Chelsea strips have been circulated online ahead of the official launch as home, away and third kits have all reportedly been leaked.
However, the latest leaked example is the most convincing leak yet and looks a bit more retro in its design than previous offerings spotted on the web.
NUEVO POST: Chelsea Adidas Home Kit 2016 2017 LEAKED https://t.co/gGpBWQSuCF— Todo Sobre Camisetas (@EleteTSC) April 28, 2016
Profile of Conte's top target
Radja Nainggolan is expected to become Antonio Conte’s first signing as Chelsea manager.
The Roma midfielder is understood to have agreed a five-year contract at Stamford Bridge after the two clubs settled on a £28million fee.
Nothing will be rubber stamped until the transfer window re-opens on July 1, however deals can be lined up prior to that date as clubs prepare for next term.
The Giallorossi had been holding out for fee in excess of £30million but are reported to have reduced their asking price after two days of productive negotiations.
Conte, who will officially take charge after leading Italy into battle at Euro 2016, looks to have a major rebuilding job on his hands at Chelsea this summer.
Nainggolan seems to be the first piece of the puzzle for the incoming head coach. But what do we know about the rumoured acquisition?
Youngsters emulate Busby Babes
Chelsea clinched the FA Youth Cup for the third straight year with a 3-1 win over Manchester City at Stamford Bridge.
Goals from Dujon Sterling, Tammy Abraham and Fikayo Tomori saw the Blues ease to a 4-2 aggregate victory after their 1-1 draw at City last week.
Sterling capitalised on an horrendous blunder by City keeper Daniel Grimshaw to prod home the opening goal on the stroke of half-time.
And watched by John Terry in the stands, Chelsea effectively sealed their win with powerful headers from both Abraham and Tomori.
City gained some degree of consolation when Brahim Diaz prodded home from close range towards the end of the game.
Loan pair recalled
Chelsea have recalled Michael Hector and Lucas Piazon from their loan spells at Reading - but they won’t face Spurs on Monday.
The pair will not be eligible to play for the Blues in their remaining Premier League fixtures.
However, Chelsea chiefs are keen to get a closer look at the duo as attention turns to next season.
Hector and Piazon will train with the first-team squad ahead of the summer break and will be assessed by the club’s coaching staff.
Towering defender Hector was a suprise deadline day signing last summer before being immediately loaned back to the Royals for their Championship campaign.
Piazon is less of an enigma to Chelsea fans after starring in the club’s FA Youth Cup triumph in his first season in London after joining in August 2011.
Welcome Chelsea fans
Good afternoon ladies and gents and welcome to today’s LIVE coverage of Guus Hiddink’s Chelsea press conference.
The interim manager is scheduled to speak to the media at approximately 1.15pm this lunchtime and we’ll be bringing you updates from the training ground at Cobham.
Chelsea go into Monday’s London derby with Tottenham on the back of a fine victory on the south coast against Bournemouth.
Spurs are still clinging onto the vague hope that they can pip Leicester to the Premier League title but it could well be all over before kick-off at Stamford Bridge.
Leicester, led by former Blues boss Claudio Ranieri, will secure the trophy if they can beat Manchester United on Sunday.
So, there’s plenty for Hiddink to talk about ahead of the derby. Sit back, relax and we’ll bring you right up-to-date with all the latest news from the Chelsea camp.