Chelsea face a daunting trip to Watford on Wednesday night with the Hornets three places above them in the Premier League table.
The Blues are seven points clear of a relegation place and should be high on confidence following their 5-1 FA Cup drubbing of the MK Dons on Saturday.
League form remains patchy under interim boss Guus Hiddink but a win over Arsenal last time out has made up for costly home draws with Everton and West Brom.
The Dutchman will be wary of a Hornets side well organised by Quique Sanchez Flores, a man he knows well having previously managed as Valencia boss.
Here are five things we learned from Hiddink's press conference, including the future of John Terry, ahead of tomorrow's clash at Vicarage Road.
Chelsea in dialogue with Terry
Despite John Terry revealing publicly that the club had not offered him a contract extension, Hiddink revealed there could still be a fairytale ending.
He said: “It was sad for John but he is entitled after his contract ends to make up his mind.
“On the other hand I don’t want to over value the attention we are giving this, but the club still wants an open door dialogue with John.
“It was a bit surprising but he’s entitled to make that decision.
“There was no specific decision made but the main thing is we have to see it from his side and the club side.”
Hiddink was also interrupted by the Chelsea press officer who reinforced the fact they were still in dialogue with Terry and no decision has been made.
Pato set for late fitness test
Chelsea boss Hiddink was not particularly optimistic about new signing Alexandre Pato's chances of making the squad to face Watford on Wednesday night.
The forward arrived on January 29 from Corinthians and will stay with the Blues on loan until the end of the season.
Pato has been given the number 11 shirt, previously worn by Chelsea hero Didier Drogba, but fans may have to wait a while to see the new boy in action.
Hiddink said: “I don't know if he will be up to the game until later this afternoon; he's still preparing and is not fully fit.
“The paperwork is done and formally he is available for selection.
“It is another thing physically and mentally as he hardly done a whole training session with the team.”
Miazga not ready
Hiddink told the media that 20-year-old centre back Matt Miazga would not be in the squad to face Watford.
The USA international signed for the Blues on January 30 from New York Red Bulls and has been handed the number 20 jersey.
However, Hiddink seems reluctant to throw the American straight in at the deep end as the youngster faces stiff competition from John Terry, Kurt Zouma and Gary Cahill.
Willian also struggling
Hiddink also revealed that Willian is a doubt for the clash with a foot injury.
The Brazilian winger did not train at all yesterday and could also face a late fitness test.
Willian has three goals and six assists for the Blues and has been the stand out performer in an otherwise miserable season; they would sorely miss the free-kick expert if he is ruled out.
The most consistent line of questioning concerned Pep Guardiola and his appointment at Manchester City.
Hiddink is on a temporary contract until the end of the season, when Guardiola is set to take up the reigns at City.
But the Dutchman was still happy to comment on the situation and believes Pep will find managing in England a real challenge.
He said: “Everyone expected this appointment.
“He will face another league that he is not used to but you have always this domination by teams where he has worked and no one can achieve what he did.
“But this is different as there is no specific favourite like Barcelona or Bayern, it is different in England but more attractive for him.”
“Every week there will be huge opposition but it is not his first year in management.
“He is very experienced and there are Spanish guys at Manchester City he already knows.”