Hiddink compares Essien’s Chelsea era to current generation

The Dutchman believes there is a similarity between the Blues side he coached seven years back and the current squad

Chelsea coach Guus Hiddink has compared Ghana midfielder Michael Essien’s era at Stamford Bridge to the current generation in his assessment of Diego Costa’s last outing for the club.

The striker was sent off for a second bookable offence as the Blues fell to a 2-0 defeat to Everton in the FA Cup on April 19 and, thus, subsequently missed Saturday’s 2-2 league stalemate with West Ham.

Hiddink, on the other hand, is on his second spell with the London-based outfit, having previously led the side between February and June 2009.

“Tactically, I thought Diego was going too much wide,” the Dutch coach told the Blues official website.

“He was going wide left, or right and back to the halfway line, so he had to go 40 yards to come into the danger area, and we have other creative people to do that. Maybe, because of his energy level, he wanted to do everything.

“It was a little bit the same when I came here in my first spell with Didier Drogba. He was the perfect player also, the perfect attitude, but he was coming into midfield to be like the No.10, play passes and go into the box and score.

“But we had also at that time Frank Lampard and Michael Essien and other creative players to do that.

“That’s where you try to get the best out of players, and with Diego, he was doing too much over two big a space. I said limit yourself to what you’re best at.”

Essien played for Chelsea between 2005 and 2014.


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