Hiddink scares the shit out of me, hope he doesn't say on for next season.
And that's why.
But he's Rafa in 15 years time, wise, old, wiley. And a man who knows when and where things have gone wrong for him.
He motivates his team in the same way, and for the first time since Abramovich took over the players are playing for each other. Not Mourinho, not money, not themselves. It might be trivial but taking them out to paintball combines with the hours and hours of extra work you know Hiddink is making them put in behind closed doors - and he's making them a fucking force.
Never have I seen us run off the park before. Every second ball a Chelsea midfielder was one yard ahead and straight on to. Every tackle that went in a Chelsea player came out of the other end, every header, every pass, we were dominated. Dominated.
And here it comes, you knew it was coming but you can't comment about this match and ignore the elephant in the room. The difference between 2 sides on top of their game is miniscule, it's about exploiting the innefficiencies of the other side. Something we've done to full effect this month and it's something Hiddink is just as good at. So what was this game decided on, and possibly the tie, to add to the hard work, slick passing, and pressure of Chelsea it was that old chesnut...you guessed it...zonal marking.
Yep it's shit, yep if a player on the other side is good enough he'll score every time, and yep it's cost us again. Change the fucking record I'm sick of posting that once a month.
But to put it down to same old same old is to ignore the wake up call we got tonight. There are others out there, other managers who will drill thier team like the fucking paras, will have their players in your face and leave your players isolated and feeling alone.
Never write us off, but if we go out next week we've been Liverpooled out of Europe by Rafa Mk. II.
Come on Russia.