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Will Guus Hiddink again be able to work his magic at Chelsea?

Photo Courtesy: sun.co.uk
Photo Courtesy: sun.co.uk

After the recent well publicised departure of Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho, Guus Hiddink has been officially appointed as the interim boss till the end of season.

So now the question on everyone’s mind is “will the Dutchman again be able to turn things around at Stamford Bridge this season?”

Reasons behind Chelsea’s downfall this season

Although there are many hypothesis and theories behind Chelsea’s drastic dip in form this season, no one knows what really happened. The same squad (well almost the same) that won the Premier League title so convincingly in 2014/15 season (with a couple of games to spare) suddenly imploded, with their performances going downhill, right from the preseasons.

Chelsea’s demise this season may have resulted due to their overconfidence, after their success in 2014/15,  or due to the departure of their senior players Petr Cech and Didier Drogba. Some reports also claim that the Blues’ dismal run this season has resulted due to their being a rift between Mourinho and his players.

Whatever the reason may be, the Blues’ performance in the EPL, this season, has been simply unacceptable, with the club currently finding itself just above the relegation zone. Due to this reason, the Chelsea board saw no other choice but to sack the “Special One”, despite the Portuguese having such a glorious history at Stamford Bridge.

Pressure on Hiddink

Now that Hiddink has returned to Stamford Bridge as interim manager for a second spell, he will be under tremendous pressure to get the Blues’ season back on track.

The Dutchman, who is reportedly a close friend of Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich, did well during his first stint at Stamford Bridge, after he was appointed as interim manager following Luiz Felipe Scolari’s sacking in February 2009.

Although the Dutchman did managed to transform the 2008/2009 campaign into a successful one, helping the Blues win the FA Cup, finish third in the Premier League and reach the semifinals of the Champions League, the situation at Stamford Bridge was not that bad when he took over from Scolari.

While Chelsea were in fourth place in the EPL (after 25 games) when Scolari was sacked in February 2009, the Blues currently find themselves in the 15th position (from 17 fixtures) in the Premier League.

Still, the Dutchman has a pretty impressive record at Stamford Bridge, winning 16, drawing five and losing only one game (against Tottenham Hotspur) during the 2008/09 season.

If the Dutchman manages to continue his impressive record at the West London club, then he will certainly be able to turn this around this season. As Chelsea are still in the Champions League and the FA Cup has not yet started, he may be able to clinch a silverware for the Blues as well.

However, time will only tell whether Hiddink will be able to rejuvenate Chelsea’s form this season.

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