Ray Wilkins pinpoints main change Guus Hiddink has made at Chelsea

Ray Wilkins feels that there is a more relaxed atmosphere at Chelsea following Guus Hiddink's appointment as interim boss

The Sport Review staff
By    

Ray Wilkins believes that Chelsea are benefitting from a more relaxed atmosphere since Guus Hiddink’s appointment as Jose Mourinho’s successor at Stamford Bridge.

The Dutchman has been placed in temporary charge of the Blues until the end of the season following Mourinho’s sacking back in December and watched his side kick off 2016 with an impressive 3-0 win at Crystal Palace on Sunday afternoon.

The west London side were much improved against Alan Pardew’s men as they made a positive start to the year after their disastrous run of form in the early stages of the season left their Premier League title defence in tatters.

And former Chelsea man Wilkins feels that Hiddink’s arrival has helped to ease some of the pressure on the Blues squad following the “intense” atmosphere from Mourinho’s reign in west London.

“I never worked with Jose Mourinho, but having had the pleasure of working with Guus, if the atmosphere was intense under Jose it will be completely the opposite with Guus,” Wilkins told Sky Sports News HQ.

“He will demand they train well and demand they play to a very high standard but the training will be of a very jovial fashion.

“I think you have seen him interviewed on numerous occasions and he’s made it quite clear he wants them to work extremely hard and if they don’t have the application then go and have a conversation with him and it will be a short conversation. Straight away, he wants them to work hard but it will be fun all the way with Guus.”

MORE: The latest Chelsea news and views

MORE: The latest Chelsea player tweets

Sunday’s win over Palace left Chelsea in 14th place in the Premier League table and 13 points behind fourth-placed Tottenham Hotspur.

MORE: The 13 best African players to have worn the Liverpool shirt

MORE: Ranking Chelsea's best ever African players

MORE: Do you know the top Muslim footballers in the Premier League?

MORE: Back to The Sport Review homepage

MORE: Man United latest news

MORE: Arsenal latest news

MORE: Chelsea latest news

MORE: Liverpool latest news

Slideshow
The Sport Review
The 13 best African players to have worn the Liverpool FC shirt
Slideshow
The Sport Review
Top 25 most stylish footballers: Arsenal, Man Utd, Chelsea and Liverpool stars feature
The Sport Review
Arsenal WAGs 2017: Meet Granit Xhaka, Shkodran Mustafi and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s wives and girlfriends
The Sport Review
12 young Arsenal players who fans should get excited about
The Sport Review
Top 40 Muslim footballers: Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool and Man Utd stars feature
The Sport Review
Top 25 Muslim football players in Premier League: Arsenal, Liverpool, Man Utd and Chelsea stars feature
The Sport Review
Man United WAGs: Meet Ander Herrera, Juan Mata and David De Gea’s girlfriends
The Sport Review
Chelsea WAGs: Meet David Luiz, Oscar and Willian’s wives and girlfriends
The Sport Review
Jose Mourinho reveals how many signings Man United will make this summer
The Sport Review
Photo: Eden Hazard shows off new tattoo and drops hint about Chelsea future
The Sport Review
Dubai WTA: Elina Svitolina wins first Premier, joins top 10 with win over Caroline Wozniacki