Chelsea interim boss, Guus Hiddink has conceded that his side’s chances of finishing inside the top four are “difficult”, despite it still being mathematically possible.

According to the Standard, Hiddink told BT Sport, following his side’s 2-0 home victory against League One side Scunthorpe in the FA Cup that he is focusing more on the young players that are knocking on the door of the first-team.

He said:

Mathematically yes [it is possible to end top four]. (Realistically) it’s rather difficult. You see the league is so, so strong. All the clubs can go for fourth position. But meanwhile, I think it’s good to see young players knocking on the door.

It’s not always easy for them. They have to get confronted with the life of the Premier League which is a tough league.

Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Kenedy and Bertrand Traore all came off the bench during Chelsea’s third round tie. Loftus-Cheek replaced Oscar at half-time and scored Chelsea’s second of the game to put the tie to bed.

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Both Kenedy and Traore came on later in the game but failed to have much impact due to the little time they were on the pitch.

Attention now turns back to the Premier League, 14th place Chelsea welcome West Brom to Stamford Bridge on Wednesday night, knowing a win could leapfrog the club over their opponents and into 12th place, leaving them potentially just three points off the top half.