Chelsea boss Guus Hiddink has predicted a very difficult game against Manchester City on Saturday at Stamford Bridge.
City have been on a good run of form recently which saw them qualify for the semi-finals of the UEFA Champions League for the first time.
While Chelsea will be playing for pride after a miserable season which has seen them get knocked out in every competition they entered for.
And Hiddink, who will be replaced by Antonio Conte next season, stated that he is aware City will be gunning for the three points at stake.
"City have had a beautiful week after getting in to the semi-finals," Hiddink said during his pre-match press conference on Friday. "It’s good for them to be in the last four and it’s a reward for their efforts over the last seasons.
"Their team is getting into a certain flow of success and results so they’ll like to continue it. It’s encouraging for them and for us it is another reason why we expect very strong opposition."
Despite Chelsea finishing the season empty handed, Hiddink charged his players to finish the campaign on a high.
"It’s been strange because this club is used to being involved for some titles in the last weeks and months of the season, and after the defeats in the Champions League and the FA Cup there was a little bit of emptiness because there was no silverware to go for.
"When it’s not happening you feel it for a few days, but then you have to regather and refocus yourself and the team as well.
"What I have asked from them is to go in to tomorrow’s match and the rest of the matches with ambition and desire to get a good run going in the last games.
"I would like to finish my spell now at Chelsea in the last games with the players showing their quality – from the mental side of things as well."
He disclosed that Nemanja Matic, Gary Cahill and Diego Costa are all available for the game but ruled out Eden Hazard and John Terry.
"Normally when a player is out for that long a period they have a tendency to take a break, but he didn’t,"
Hiddink said of Costa.
"He has been working very hard, including individually when we were on the road. He was here at Cobham working on his own with the staff. He is very eager to play."
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