Guus Hiddink says more hard work rather than a raft of new signings will be the key to Chelsea building on their 3-0 win at Crystal Palace.
Hiddink warned Chelsea stars like Eden Hazard, Oscar and Willian that unless they invest in their fair share of the nitty gritty “this league will kill you”.
Chelsea were impressive at Selhurst Park as Hiddink recorded his first win since his reappointment as Blues boss thanks to goals from Oscar, Willian and Diego Costa.
“We’ve started working and if the team is not doing well through a long period then you have to look for security, and that’s why we emphasised on good, hard work, tactically and a defensive way,” said Hiddink.
“I don’t like to see the team drop back very far and seek false security. When they get the ball they know to play.
“We don’t need to add a lot of quality of players: they are blessed by nature with big quality.
“But they have to know when things aren’t going as wished that we have to look for causes, and that’s why we started working.
“The very talented players, they start working also, to invest in the dirty work and not just the beautiful game they can play, because this league is very demanding.
“And if you think you can do it just on your quality, what’s more given by talent than nature, then this league will kill you.”
Hazard will undergo scans on Monday to reveal the extent of a groin injury which saw him substituted after just 15 minutes.