Interim Chelsea boss Guus Hiddink says he is “satisfied” with the job he has done during his second spell at Chelsea.
Hiddink took charge of Chelsea back in December after Jose Mourinho was sacked by the club for the second time. The Dutch boss won the FA Cup during his first spell in 2008 but the Blues will finish this season without any silverware.
When the Hiddink took charge at the back-end of last year, Chelsea were threatened with relegation after a nightmare start to the season but the Blues would then go 15 games unbeaten to all-but secure a top-half finish.
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Speaking ahead of Chelsea’s clash against Tottenham. Hiddink said: “I had to restore the confidence and more in this team and club.
"I'm happy the team reacted when we were in a desperate situation, when people in this house started sweating, because there are experiences in the past where big clubs can go down as well.”
Chelsea were dumped out of the FA Cup by Everton and their Champions League campaign was ended by PSG for the second consecutive season. To make matters worse, their disappointing form in the league means the Blues will also miss out on European football next season.
Hiddink outlined his disappointment of being dumped out of the Champions League. He added: “I would've loved to have gone into the next round of Champions League and the FA Cup final - if that had happened I would give myself a 10+."
Chelsea go up against Tottenham on Monday night at Stamford Bridge, where Spurs haven’t won for 55 years. Pochettino’s men go into the game knowing they have to win to keep their title hopes alive after Leicester picked up a point at Old Trafford on Sunday.
The Blues can still finish as high as seventh but it looks likely they will have to be satisfied with ninth or tenth.
Antonio Conte is to be Hiddink’s successor at Stamford Bridge when the Italy manager’s commitments in Euro 2016 come to an end.
Once again, Hiddink can leave his tenure at Stamford Bridge knowing he’s done a respectable job at Chelsea. On this occasion, the Dutchman has built a platform for their new Italian manager to build upon next season.