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Traore shows promise up front for Chelsea

Chelsea striker Bertrand Traore. Credit: PA

Bertrand Traore has earned his chance to lead the Chelsea attack, according to manager Guus Hiddink.

Diego Costa was missing from the side which drew 1-1 with Stoke to rest a minor tendon injury but is expected to be fit for the Champions League crunch against Paris St-Germain on Wednesday.

French striker Loic Remy was left on the bench in favour of Traore against the Potters. And the 20-year-old grabbed his chance on only his second Blues start by firing in a memorable goal from 20 yards.

"You see in parts of the game that he has quality," said Hiddink.

"It's a little bit different when you start at Stamford Bridge from the beginning. You can see he has quality but young players have to try to control and dominate their nerves and you could see that at the beginning.

"But he showed with the goal that he has the capacity to do a lot.

"The strikers compete amongst themselves in a healthy way. If they show what they do in training then it will be rewarded."


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Hiddink wants Chelsea manager decision made swiftly

Guus Hiddink wants Chelsea to swiftly secure their next permanent manager and believes transparency surrounding the appointment would benefit the club.

Hiddink is in favour of a swift appointment. Credit: Reuters

The Dutchman arrived in December to succeed the sacked Jose Mourinho on an interim basis until the end of the season, but while he has overseen a significant improvement and only one defeat since then, he so far has expressed no intention of extending his reign.

Antonio Conte is reportedly in talks over the permanent position and is expected to leave his role as Italy manager after Euro 2016, yet while there are others also said to be under consideration for one of the highest-paid coaching roles in football, Hiddink is keen for the matter to be concluded.

When asked if he would prefer a quick appointment, the 69-year-old answered:

I am in favour. But it's a personal opinion that when things are done you make it transparent.

You've heard more than I because that's your job, you have to search around where the rumours are. That's not my job. I'm just there to prepare for the next game.

I'm not involved in this so that's all you can get from me on this issue. Of course this club is searching now and experienced managers they like and there are a lot. It's up to them, to make up their mind and make the decisions.

– Chelsea manager Guus Hiddink

Chelsea confidence growing - Fabregas

Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas on the ball against Man City. Credit: PA

Cesc Fabregas said Chelsea's confidence was returning after they swept aside a barely recognisable Manchester City team, winning 5-1 in the FA Cup.

Chelsea scored four times in the second half as they crushed a youthful visiting side featuring five full debutants in the fifth-round tie at Stamford Bridge.

"You can see straight away we are playing better and better and the confidence once you start winning is growing and growing," Fabregas told the BBC. "We still have to improve. We have big games coming up."

The midfielder claimed City's decision to make wholesale changes did not play into the Blues' hands, though.

"For us it was negative," he said. "It puts pressure on us. The pressure was on us, big time."

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