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Guus Hiddink on the last game of the season, Diego Costa's injury and the young players


Chelsea interim manager Guus Hiddink says he will be emotional when the Blues play their last game of the season later on today.

The Dutchman took over from sacked Jose Mourinho in December with Italy's Antonio Conte to become the club's new manager after the European Championship.

Chelsea will host champions Leicester City today with striker Diego Costa still out injured, a hamstring injury that could affect his Euro 2016 campaign.

"I will be emotional on Sunday because in the two spells here the passion towards football was already there, but the affection for the club has grown," Hiddink said.

"The recent memory of playing at Anfield was a pleasant one because the team played as I love them to. That's the way Chelsea can play and should play.

"Of course after the escape from near the relegation zone I would have loved to reach the FA Cup final and go one or two games further in the Champions League but we couldn't fulfil that. But I'm happy with the last half-year, I did it with a lot of joy.

"We must face facts; by Chelsea's standards it's been a season with exception. It's not enough for Chelsea. It's now relatively quiet at the club but we have to go on and be competitive next season.

"[Team news?] He [Diego Costa] needs a good rest and with training he might be fit for the Euros but I'm not sure.

"Recently we integrated Kasey Palmer with the first team but then they have to make a step, like Traore has done in the last half-year, more towards men's football. [Abraham] Abraham has done it because he's very open with his mentality and he works hard. He's not afraid to come in.

"We have talents in our Academy but that's the start, not the end. It's the start of working very hard and the players have to overcome the first period when they practice with the big guys. I'm not going to expose players at this moment."

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