Guus Hiddink has insisted Chelsea’s sole motivation is not to prevent Tottenham winning the Premier League, confirming that his players will try to win every one of their remaining games.
Spurs travel to Stamford Bridge on Monday, knowing that they can still win the top flight, as long as Leicester don’t beat Manchester United on Sunday.
Blues pair Eden Hazard and Cesc Fabregas have said they do not want Tottenham to win the league, and while it is out of Spurs’ hands, there is a belief that the West London club will try harder to beat their local rivals, allowing Leicester to win the title.
But Hiddink insists the Blues will treat the contest against Spurs in the same way as the following games with Sunderland, Liverpool and the Foxes, who visit on the final day of the season.
“It’s not specifically (about stopping) Tottenham to make the season a success,” the interim boss said.
“That’s not true. I don’t think like that. I cannot give a guarantee of results, but I can guarantee the effort will be there. Not just in Monday’s game.”
Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino has attracted admirers, Hiddink among them, for making Tottenham title challengers and on Friday said he intends to stay at White Hart Lane by signing a new contract until 2021.
Hiddink, who recently met Pochettino at a managers’ meeting, said: “I respect very much the work Mauricio Pochettino is doing in this club and the very calm way, knowing what he’s doing.
“I see them play in a way I like to see a team play, which is attractive. He’s doing a very good job.
“It’s a complete team. I’m Blue and Chelsea, but I’ve seen them play this year and I enjoy it very much.
“They showed this year a lot of stability. There’s never a guarantee in football, but the way they play is a way for success. They have very good balance in their team.”