Pre Match Video
Guus Hiddink has spoken to Diego Costa about his conduct on the pitch in the wake of his first red card for Chelsea, received at Everton last weekend. Costa is suspended for the clash with West Ham.
Gus Hiddinck, Chelsea manager (About Diego Costa’s on pitch aggression)
“I talked to him and we talked many times about him playing on the edge and his reactions and we were happy and still are with his performances but I can’t give a guarantee that, when provoked, that he can’t control himself. Of course he knows, he knows that’s why we had a conversation but there was nobody else, this was a technical discussion inside the team here.”
(on given youth players more opportunity)
“It’s difficult of course for Chelsea to be where we dreamed of in September – to get fourth – that’s impossible, but it’s now that we are in the situation that we are out of the Champions League, we are out of the FA Cup then there are other circumstances that younger players, especially after the international break, can get their chances without any guarantees – they have to knock on the door, but probably they will get some more chances.”
(On West Ham manager Slavan Bilic)
” I have known him for years although not talking all the time, there is mutual respect. When we meet each other we talk, and being a young manager he has already done many good things.”
Slaven Bilic, West Ham manager
“I mean Chelsea are they are totally focussed on the Premier League. They are Chelsea. There are still nine games to go if they win all nine of them – which I don’t hope for of course. They have a good situation. They can get get in a spot for the Europa League. Maybe – mathematically definitely – also for the Champions League. There is a chance. They are doing well in the Premier League.
On West Ham players being called up to the England squad – Mark Noble and Aaron Cresswell
“I can only talk about my players and both of them deserve – big time – to be in the squad because I didn’t see better midfielders or left backs this season.”
West Ham United substitutes: Randolph, O’Brien, Oxford, Obiang, Song, Emenike, Carroll.
West Ham United (4-2-3-1): Adrian; Antonio, Reid, Ogbonna, Cresswell; Kouyate, Noble; Valencia, Lanzini, Payet; Sakho.
Chelsea substitutes: Begovic, Rahman, Traore, Loftus-Cheek, Matic, Pedro, Pato.
Chelsea XI (4-2-3-1): Courtois; Ivanovic, Terry, Cahill, Azpilicueta; Fabregas, Mikel; Willian, Oscar, Kenedy; Remy.