Hiddink hails Blues belief

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Caretaker-boss Guus Hiddink insists Chelsea's "fantastic spirit" will enable them to finish off Liverpool's interest in the Champions League on Tuesday night.

Chelsea kept their outside chances of winning the Barclays Premier League title alive with a 4-3 win over Bolton on Saturday - a victory that kept Hiddink's side in the hunt on three fronts with a FA Cup semi-final also on the horizon.

"There is a fantastic spirit around this club at the moment - everyone believes in what we can achieve this season and it is exciting to be a part of that," declared Hiddink

Liverpool, 3-1 down from the first leg, require at least three goals to turn the quarter-final tie around in their favour and Bolton's amazing treble in nine minutes will have given Reds manager Rafael Benitez much encouragement.

Chelsea were cruising to victory with 20 minutes remaining at Stamford Bridge thanks to a brace from Didier Drogba, a penalty from Frank Lampard and Michael Ballack's first league goal of the season.

But Bolton's quick-fire response demonstrated Chelsea must be on top of their game against the Reds to ensure they reach the semi-finals of the competition.

Hiddink added: "We must not lose our focus for one game or one minute and that means each game is as important as the next one. We have the same aim, which is to try and win all of them.

"It is important that we take the momentum gained from winning at Anfield into this game and keep our level of performance up."

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