New Chelsea boss Guus Hiddink insists the Blues cannot be ruled out of the Premier League title race.
The Stamford Bridge club are currently fourth in the table and will be ten points behind leaders Manchester United if the Red Devils beat Fulham next week.
Chelsea face Aston Villa next weekend in what will be Hiddink’s first game in charge of the side
The Dutchman met the players for the first time at the club’s Cobham training ground yesterday and told the players they still have plenty to play for this season.
‘The team is in several races – the FA Cup is there, the Champions League and also the league,’ he said.
‘There is a ten-point difference but if you look in the past of this league and other leagues as well, some things can happen during the final stages of the championship.
‘All the three roads are very important. The next game against Watford [in the FA Cup on Saturday], and then Aston Villa and Juventus, and then you go on the path of the Champions League, and that is so attractive. The club has the experience to go to the final.’
Chelsea have dropped 16 points at home this season and that record was a major factor in Luiz Felipe Scolari’s dismissal.
Hiddink, a close friend of Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich, will combine his role as Russia coach with day-to-day duties at Stamford Bridge until the end of the season.
However, assistant Ray Wilkins will be in charge for the fifth-round tie at Watford.
Hiddink might be offered the job on a permanent basis but the Dutchman has every intention of returning to his Russia job come the summer.
‘I have seen it here now and I felt the atmosphere already in a few hours, but what happens after May is clear because it is rather difficult to do the two jobs, and I have my obligations in Russia,’ said Hiddink.
‘It is rather difficult because the Premier League is very challenging. We can do it now because there are one or two games until June with the national team of Russia. That is why we said we can do it now, and we can do it full-hearted and committed.
‘I was asked to come because of the relation with Roman Abramovich as well. Of course it is a big club as well, and let me be honest, I came because they asked me to join the club for the upcoming time.’