Even with Guus Hiddink leading Chelsea for a second time in his career, it just doesn’t seem the Dutch maestro can get the players back to their Premier League dominating ways. Sure Hiddink is not the option for the long term but it does seem a little weird that Chelsea with all their firepower are still struggling and are 14th in the league table.
They are still competing in the UEFA Champions League and have a chance of winning the FA Cup if they go on a good run but their performances have been quite poor this season and the Chelsea hierarchy will be planning about who will take over from Jose Mourinho and now Guus Hiddink at the Bridge.
Though many are expecting Chelsea to make a big dash to sign Pep Guardiola, the Spaniard does seem more likely to move to Manchester City due to his connections with the Manchester City board. There however is another manager who could be the answer for Chelsea and he too is a La Liga winner.
Time for the Diego to step up
When Mourinho had signed up for Chelsea, his biggest achievement was winning the 2004 UEFA Champions League with FC Porto, he then won titles galore for Chelsea, Inter Milan and Real Madrid before repeating his success at Chelsea, although this relationship didn’t last for long.
Someone who has achieved something similar is Diego Simeone, the Atletico Madrid manager. He wasn’t the most well-known manager to take up the reins at the other club in Madrid but his shining moment was when he took the club to the La Liga crown in 2013-14.
It isn’t just that he won the league with the team, he didn’t have the greatest squad at that time and having to deal with the investment and power that Real Madrid and Barcelona have in this day and age of football, this could be an even greater achievement when compared to Mourinho’s.
Simeone is great in Europe as well, having won the Europa League with Atletico as well but he hasn’t been able to replicate that kind of success in the Champions League, though he did lead them to the Champions League final in 2014 where they lost to Real Madrid.
Simeone is someone who gets the best out of his players, they don’t really have a lot of star players but they all work hard for the team and the team is built on a great defence. Chelsea, during Mourinho’s first spell were known for their resolute defence and then the talk about their attack came.
The Argentine is leading the Spanish League with his team yet again and could well lead them to another title with the kind of football they are playing. Competing against Real Madrid and Barcelona with a fraction of the budget they are provided with is not easy and his success proves that he doesn’t always need the money to get the results or performances; he gets the right players and gets the best out of them.
Simeone is young and could well be the man who does get Chelsea back on track, his track record is great as well and he is capable of taking on the big boys. Chelsea would be a great test of Simeone’s ability as a manager and it would certainly lead to success for both the club and the man who is known as Cholo could be the one to replace the special one.