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Guus Hiddink has no intention of playing a waiting game in Chelsea's Champions League quarter-final first leg at Anfield against Liverpool on Wednesday.

The man who won the European Cup back in 1988 as coach of PSV Eindhoven, and has since forged a reputation for attacking football, insists Chelsea will be going for broke against Liverpool.

Hiddink, who confirmed that Jose Bosingwa is out of the game with a hamstring injury, said: "We will not sit back and wait until we are overcome. That is not the way to play football. That's not my philosophy or the team's concept."

He added: "We will not just wait. Wherever we can, we will try and take the initiative. Of teams who score away from home, 70% go through to the next round; if you can score in the away game, that's always a big blow for the home team.

"If you concede at home, it's always very difficult to recover from that."

Hiddink acknowledges that the players, rather than him or his opposite number, will decide who wins and loses.

He said: "The managers can do so much, but the players have to deliver. We prepare; we have prepared for these beautiful end-of-season games, the finals, watched by the whole world. That is what we all want to be involved in.

"Managers will work and plan; we sometimes think we are so important - but in the end, the team has to do it.

"The players have to stick to the tactical plans we make; then it depends on which team makes the fatal error."

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