Hiddink still keen on Europe

20 Mar

Chelsea boss Guus Hiddink is still keen to secure a place in the Europa League following the 2-2 draw with West Ham on Saturday.


Chelsea: Hiddink still keen on EuropeChelsea: Hiddink still keen on Europe

A controversial late penalty scored by Cesc Fabregas earned the Blues a 2-2 draw at Stamford Bridge and Hiddink revealed afterwards he is still eager to secure Europa League qualification.

Chelsea are 10th, nine points behind the Hammers, who occupy the final European spot at present, and Hiddink has dismissed the suggestion it could be beneficial not to play in the second-tier competition next term.

“Our target now for the rest of the season is to see if we can get a European spot,” he said. “You must get the highest position possible. If you start calculating not going into Europe for whatever the reason might be… I’m not in favour to say ‘hey, let’s calculate – please let’s not play Europe’.

“I think then you undervalue the tournaments.”

Fabregas converted an 89th-minute spot-kick to earn a 2-2 draw after referee Bobby Madley adjudged Ruben Loftus-Cheek had been tripped by Michail Antonio. Replays suggested if there was contact it was minimal and outside the area, leaving Hammers boss Slaven Bilic fuming.

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