Sports / Other Sports / 
Hiddink says ailing champions Chelsea in relegation battle

Hiddink says ailing champions Chelsea in relegation battle

By The Associated Press | Posted - Jan. 15, 2016 at 10:40 a.m.


1 photo

This archived news story is available only for your personal, non-commercial use. Information in the story may be outdated or superseded by additional information. Reading or replaying the story in its archived form does not constitute a republication of the story.

LONDON (AP) — Chelsea manager Guus Hiddink has mentioned a word never heard at Chelsea in the Premier League era: Relegation.

Asked Friday if Chelsea is in a relegation battle, Hiddink said: "It's (a) reality."

Chelsea, which fired Jose Mourinho last month, is six points above the relegation zone in 14th place, ahead of matches against Everton and Arsenal.

Hiddink says when he replaced Mourinho "we were one point off the line, relegation line, and now we have (a) little bit more" breathing space.

Chelsea was relegated in 1988 but instantly returned to the topflight. A team has never been relegated straight after winning the Premier League.

Meanwhile, both Chelsea and West Bromwich Albion were charged by the English Football Association on Friday with failing to control their players in Wednesday's 2-2 draw.

Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Photos

The Associated Press

    SIGN UP FOR THE KSL.COM NEWSLETTER

    Catch up on the top news and features from KSL.com, sent weekly.
    By subscribing, you acknowledge and agree to KSL.com's Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

    KSL Weather Forecast