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Saturday 10 December 2016

Chelsea will face up to battling Black Cats

Guus Hiddink. Photo: John Walton/PA Wire.
Guus Hiddink. Photo: John Walton/PA Wire.

Chelsea have had a say in the title race and will approach their clash at relegation-threatened Sunderland today with the same level of professionalism, says interim boss Guus Hiddink.

Chelsea's 2-2 draw with Tottenham on Monday ended Spurs Premier League title hopes and saw Leicester crowned the Blues' successors as champions.

And Sunderland are in desperate need of points to avoid the drop.

"We are going into the last three games with the same attitude," said Hiddink, whose side also play at Liverpool and at home to Leicester.

"(Sunderland) have to win and we want to win. It's the same situation as against Spurs. All the teams still fighting to avoid relegation deserve the same approach in our seriousness.

"No guarantee that we can win, but we go for a win."

The repercussions of Monday's fiery encounter at Stamford Bridge continue.

Chelsea and Spurs have until Monday to respond to three breaches of failing to control their players. Hiddink was reluctant to address the full scale of the fallout on Friday.

"It was a hot game," Hiddink said. "There were too many chest to chest situations, which was not good for the game.

"It's up to the FA to make a judgement. I don't have any comments on that (the response)."

Hiddink played down the involvement of Cesc Fabregas, who was alleged to be a main protagonist in the fracas following the final whistle.

"I took him away into the tunnel and then the shuffling started a bit. He went into the tunnel without any arguing."

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