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Guus Hiddink: "We will be proud and play for the public"

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Chelsea Interim Manager Guus Hiddink wasn't too disheartened to see his side crash out of a second Cup competition this week as the Blues lost 2-0 to Everton to end their adventure in the FA Cup.

A couple of goals from former Chelsea striker Romelu Lukaku did the job for Everton after the Blues had competed rather gamely away from home, but appeared to be running on empty come the end of the contest.

 

Hiddink said after the game, "There is a lot of emotions still going on after the game, but when I tried to calm down and analyse, the team did rather well for 70 minutes and then we conceded. The energy was out and we had a few injuries. I cannot criticise our attitude but the sharpness was left around the box."

Speaking about Everton's Belgian striker, Hiddink said, "We knew already Romelu Lukaku was making his goals, he is a good guy, a good player.

Hiddink refused to comment about the Costa's sending off as the result of a couple of yellow cards, saying, "I didn't see the Diego Costa incident. If I had have seen it I would give proper comment so it is difficult to give a comment on that. It was a tough game between all the players involved, they were going after him a little bit. The referee don't have to protect but must know when they are going after them."

The veteran Dutchman also defended his own performance as the interim boss, declaring that he had achieved the most important task set to him, which was to avoid relegation. He said, "Everyone knows where Chelsea were. The first task was to get out of the relegation zone and we did that fast, we went from 16th to 10th. Then there were two cups at stake. It is important now that we have the pride to play when there is nothing much at stake. We will be proud and play for the public."