In the antepenultimate game of the season, Chelsea are set to face relegation-threatened Sunderland at the Stadium of Light on Saturday. Only one of Sunderland, Newcastle, and Norwich City will survive to live another season in the Premier League; the Black Cats need a good result, especially if Norwich City beat Manchester United in the early kick-off.
Unfortunately for Sam Allardyce and his men, Chelsea are coming off of a draw that felt like a win on Monday and also have basically a clean bill of health.
Guus says there are no fresh injuries ahead of tomorrow's game. #CFC— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) 6 de maio de 2016
Despite having the team close to full force - Kurt Zouma is out recovering from his ACL injury, and Loïc Rémy is still nursing a groin problem - Hiddink knows that Sunderland will be giving it their all, fighting to avoid relegation.
Guus: 'Sunderland have a very experienced manager who will fine-tune the team in the right way, it's a difficult game.' #CFC— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) 6 de maio de 2016
With so much on the line for the home side, Hiddink feels obligated to name a strong side, including goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois, who's set to return from his two-match after picking up his second red card of the season against Manchester City.
"I am not going to change a lot in the team. Before, I made some changes with Academy players, but it would not be fair to do it again to the other teams we are approaching in the last games."
-Guus Hiddink; Source: Chelsea FC
Although the occasion would be optimal for Hiddink to give some minutes to our young players, his argument on competitive fairness is solid. That's assuming that our senior first-team players will actually continue to do their utmost to put in good performances as they did in the second half against Spurs...