Guus Hiddink says it will be 'difficult' to win the title but has vowed to do all he can to claim glory up until the end of his deal.
New boss confirms he will leave Chelsea role in summer
New Chelsea manager Guus Hiddink admits it will be 'difficult' to win the Premier League title but has vowed to fight for glory until the very end of his contract at Stamford Bridge.
Russia head coach Hiddink was announced as Luiz Felipe Scolari's successor in West London last week and he is currently preparing his charges for his first game in charge at Aston Villa on Saturday.
A daunting task awaits Hiddink, with the Blues fourth in the Premier League, trailing leaders Manchester United by 10 points with 13 games of the campaign remaining.
Hiddink will also oversee the hunt for silverware on two further fronts as Chelsea look to overcome Juventus in the last 16 of the UEFA Champions League and seek FA Cup success.
The Dutchman, though, is focused on the challenge ahead, while he reiterated that he intends to leave his role at Stamford Bridge at the end of the season to resume sole control of Russia.
He said on Sky Sports News
: "Of course it is a challenge, and the time is limited, but nevertheless it is a challenge.
"We know the situation at Chelsea. They are in three competitions - the FA Cup, Champions League and the league.
"(In the league), Chelsea are 10 points down on Man Utd, which will be very difficult, but we will give it a try.
"Realistically it is difficult. But in the history of football there have been changes in the final minutes.
"Chelsea don't just have to win, but United have to lose as well.
"On the other two competitions, Chelsea are of course in the race. That is why it is a challenge.
"I am not just here to pass the time until the end of the season. That is not in my mind.
"My priority is Villa Park, first - the next game. The next battle is Villa."
Of his future, he said: "We have a situation where Chelsea made a decision so that I help out until the end of the season.
"I have a contract and obligation with the Russian Federation, which I will fulfil.
"I have done it because, as everyone knows, there is a strong relationship between Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich and the Russian Federation.
"That is why, with a lot of enthusiasm, I will help out until the end of the season, and then it will stop.
"I am certain it will only be until the end of the season."