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Kalou: Players must pull their weight

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Chelsea forward Salomon Kalou insists the club's under-performing players must help to ease the workload on new boss Guus Hiddink.

The Stamford Bridge club have turned to the 62-year-old Dutchman, who will also continue as Russia coach, following the sacking of Luiz Felipe Scolari. Hiddink will combine both roles until the end of the season, something he has done in the past with Australia and PSV Eindhoven.

"Chelsea think he is the right man and as a player, I am looking forward to working under him and I will do my best for the team and for him," Kalou told PA Sport.

Chelsea are seven points behind Barclays Premier League leaders Manchester United, having played a game more, and critics, including Scolari, have suggested many players at the London club have failed to live up to their lofty reputations.

Hiddink faces a massive job in turning the Blues' season around, particularly given his international responsibilities, and Kalou believes it is about time his team-mates began to pull their weight themselves.

"He has proved a lot with each club and national team," Kalou added.

"We know he can do it because he did it before, and as a player you have to make the job easy for him. We have to get back to positive thinking and try to win games."

Scolari departed amid rumours he had lost the support of several players, but Kalou claimed he always retained his full support.

"It was a big surprise, no-one was expecting it," he said of the Brazilian's sacking.

"I can't speak for everybody but from my point of view I enjoyed working under Scolari and I learned a lot.

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