Guus Hiddink says ‘these games are for the youngsters’ after Chelsea cruise to victory over Aston Villa
The result is even sweeter for the Blues after Guus Hiddink experimented with his team, bringing academy players Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Jake Clarke-Salter into the side, as well as handing Alexandre Pato and Matt Miazga their debuts.
Loftus-Cheek, in particular, impressed – repaying his manager’s faith by getting the ball rolling in the first half.
And Hiddink is not only delighted with the victory, but has spoken of his joy at the club’s young players showing they can compete at this level.
“Well I feel ok after a win – I feel always ok after a win,” said Hiddink. “But today, especially, because we brought up some youngsters – one or two make their debut.
“Another one, Loftus-Cheek, was already involved in some games and now gets a full game.
“These games are for them to show they can step up to a higher level.”
Chelsea are unbeaten in the Premier League since Hiddink replaced Jose Mourinho in December, and the Dutchman is thrilled with the response from his side following a terrible opening to their title defence.
“[Our unbeaten league run] is not, maybe a record, but it’s good that the team is now reacting after a difficult first half of the season.”