Without Mourinho and without hope, Chelsea are expected to be without a prayer, too for Sunday, when the Blues travel across town to The Emirates to take on Premier League leaders Arsenal.
If there's any hope, it's to be drawn from Chelsea having yet to lose under Hiddink and riding a 7-match unbeaten streak. And the improving health of the squad, including key men Diego Costa and Eden Hazard. The manager expects both to be available.
Guus Hiddink says Eden Hazard has trained fully the last few days and is available for selection for Sunday. #CFC— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) 22 janeiro 2016
Hiddink says Diego Costa hasn't been able to train much this week but is also available for selection. #CFC— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) 22 janeiro 2016
Hazard had been battling a groin injury with the club taking it easy and careful during his recovery while Diego Costa is nursing his bruised shin that required a hospital visit last weekend. Fellow striker Radamel Falcao is presumably still out of contention, given his latest 'very serious' injury.
With Arsenal also close to full strength, with Alexis Sánchez and Mesut Özil set to return in their line-up, the Blues will need to play an almost-perfect game if they want to overcome the Gunners at their ground. It will be the third meeting of the season between the two teams, each winning one so far.