Final whistle verdict: Fast start
Guus Hiddink reflected on a positive day for the Blues following an impressive 4-0 win at Aston Villa.
The Blues extended our unbeaten Premier League run with a dominant display as two goals in each half saw the home side, under the temporary stewardship of Eric Black, off.
Hiddink was able to hand debuts to three players - Matt Miazga, Pato and Jake Clarke-Salter - and Pato was on target shortly after coming on, converting from the penalty spot to make it 2-0 after winning the kick himself.
Ruben Loftus-Cheek, who performed well throughout, had opened the scoring and Pedro added a brace in the second half.
'At the end there was a strange atmosphere, which is understandable given Aston Villa's situation, but we started the game very well and killed the game off in the first half with good football,' he said. 'We defended well, pressed high and got the goals. The game was over after the second goal.'
On the performance of Pato
'It was good to see him come in, of course the expectation was for him to come in earlier but we had to give him a pre-season. It wasn't the toughest Premier League game but we are happy to see him play and we will see how he copes. The players see him suffering by training with the first team and then doing extra work so they are happy, they recognise his situation and it was a relief for him to get his first goal.'
He spoke about Falcao, who was on the bench
'Falcao is coming back from injury, he's been with us for around 14 days, maybe a little bit more, and he's doing well. Now I have a luxury which I didn't have in the winter, when I only had Diego Costa. Falcao was a long time out, Remy was a long time out and at that time Traore was just a kid. He developed very fast and we made a strategic programme for him on how to cope in that position. Now we have a lot of competition for one position. I like to bring players in when they are knocking on the door and when they are ambitious. I don't give guarantees but I tell the players to make it difficult for me. I like to be honest with the players.'
Hiddink explained why John Terry and Gary Cahill missed the game
'John had a little problem in his Achilles tendon. Gary came from the England v Holland game and appeared to have an injury. The situation was surprising for me, he also had a tendon problem. He didn't play but he came back with an injury, that's the reason he wasn't in the squad today, but we'll see what happens with his progress in the upcoming days.'
The manager, who said Loic Remy has a tendon and groin problem, praised the younger players in the team
'It's good to see Loftus-Cheek, Clarke-Salter and Miazga coming in. We cannot win anything, which makes it easier. It's good to see how they deal with the pressure. I always like to bring in youngsters and now we have the rest of the season to do it more frequently. For Loftus-Cheek, for instance, it's important that he's not just playing 45 minutes or 60 minutes, but that he feels the substance of the Premier League.
'It would be nice to be unbeaten until the end of the season. When I bring young kids in there is a bigger risk of failure, but I prefer that.'
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