Blues display pleases Hiddink

The new Chelsea coach celebrates a 1-0 victory.
Image: Hiddink: Delighted

Guus Hiddink was happy with Chelsea's performance after the 1-0 win over Aston Villa in his first game as boss.

New manager encouraged by win over Villa

Guus Hiddink was happy with Chelsea's performance after the 1-0 win over Aston Villa in his first game as manager. The Blues started brightly and broke the deadlock when Nicolas Anelka finished off a flowing move in the 19th minute. Villa had chances to equalise but Hiddink feels his side could have found the target again to make the margin of victory more convincing. "It's a very good start in new circumstances and a new situation," the Dutchman, who will remain at the helm until the end of the season, told Sky Sports 1. "What pleased me most was the first half, we played very good football, had good possession and were dangerous. "The only thing we didn't do was score a second to kill the game. "In the second half we leaned back a bit too much because they have power in the air but on the other hand we could have scored one or two more." The Chelsea players came together in a show of solidarity after the full-time whistle and Hiddink insists there are no cliques within the squad. He said: "I'm analysing it but I didn't see what has sometimes been described as a big division. "When they hugged each other afterwards, I don't think it was showing off for the camera. I think it's real."

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