Guus Hiddink looks for signs of hope against Manchester City

Put Bonetti in goal on the last day

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Guus Hiddink looks for signs of hope against Manchester City

By Tim Harrison

Chelsea’s approach to life, the universe and football remains blurred as the season’s end comes into focus.

Two straight losses to Swansea and Man City, the latter a painful 3-0 home defeat, leaves the Blues at risk of stagnating ahead of the arrival of their new manager.

This weekend’s trip to Bournemouth is viewed by fans as a jaunt to the seaside with a chance of a paddle while wearing a Kiss Me Quick hat.

Yet Chelsea will play a pivotal role in the ever-tightening tale at the top. The fun starts on May 2, when the Blues host Spurs. Chelsea will be fired-up, motivated, full-strength and determined.

Less than a fortnight later, on the last day of this extraordinary season, Chelsea host Leicester while – simultaneously – Newcastle host Tottenham.

The Magpies will almost certainly need three points for Premier League survival, but Spurs could well be in the position of needing three points for their first league title since Harold Macmillan lived at No10 and the first American walked in space.

How should Chelsea approach the match against Leicester, especially if the Premier League’s fireworks truck is parked in Fulham Road, poised for post-match celebrations?

The answer is simple. Chelsea should field a team of players from the past.

Captained by Ray Wilkins, it could include 74-year-old Peter Bonetti in goal, Dennis Wise, Gianfranco Zola, Ruud Gullit, Steve Clarke and Pat Nevin.

Clive Walker may have lost his flowing locks, but he can still put one foot in front of another, while Charlie Cooke could be coaxed back from the United States for a long weekend.

Guus Hiddink would see out his enjoyable temporary stay in the manager’s chair, and do a quick lap of honour.

Overhead, the sun would shine brightly, glinting on the Premier League trophy as everyone in the stadium stands to acclaim the Foxes as champions after a surprise 25-0 victory clinches the title on goal difference. Bliss.

The views expressed in this blog are those of the author and unless specifically stated are not necessarily those of the London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham.

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