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Hiddink happy to bow out in final

Guus Hiddink
Chelsea have lost just one game since Hiddink took charge in February

Guus Hiddink is looking forward to bowing out as Chelsea manager with the "perfect scenario" of an FA Cup final.

The final takes place on 30 May and it will be the last time Hiddink manages Chelsea before he returns to full-time coaching duties with Russia.

"If you play in the FA Cup final at the end of May it's a perfect scenario," said Hiddink. "It's a beautiful day.

"I like always to do first steps. This is a huge step not just in England but also worldwide a very respected cup."

Hiddink was appointed as Chelsea coach until the end of the season after Luis Felipe Scolari was sacked in February, but the Dutchman has always insisted his joint role would be temporary.

"On 31st May, hopefully we will celebrate with a nice bottle of champagne," added Hiddink, who in midweek guided Chelsea to the semi-finals of the Champions League, while his team also has an outside chance of winning the Premier League.

When people pay money to watch people play football you have to give a good pitch

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger

"The Champions League semi-final - it's a first phase, very difficult and a very beautiful team, Barcelona.

"Regarding the league, the pressure is more on second-placed Liverpool than on us regarding the title."

While Hiddink delighted in the thought of a Wembley final, Frank Lampard refused to contemplate the possibility of a Champions League and FA Cup double.

After reaching the last four of the Champions League, the Blues are the first team into the FA Cup final.

"It's going to be difficult - we are confident but we never get too far ahead of ourselves," said Lampard.

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"We take this competition so seriously and it means loads. We came back strongly and I think we deserved it."

Chelsea could potentially meet Manchester United, who play Everton on Sunday at Wembley, in both finals, with the two teams in opposite sides of the Champions League semi-final draw.

Didier Drogba, who scored the winning goal for Chelsea, said: "It's really important for the team to be in the final. The first 15 to 20 minutes weren't good but after that we started to play and improve."

He insisted there was "nothing special" about his improved performances under Hiddink, adding: "I just want to score and win. I'm just playing, it's simply that."

Arsenal coach Arsene Wenger said his team gave away "cheap" goals and also criticised the state of the pitch at Wembley, though he refused to blame it for the Gunners' defeat.

The Frenchman said: "It is disappointing because we had a good start and after we dropped off.

"When you go a goal up you never feel the game is finished, but it looked as though it would finish as a draw. I felt we gave two cheap goals away and in a game like that it matters hugely. Any mistake can be costly.

"The pitch doesn't decide who wins and who loses, but when people pay money to watch people play football you have to give a good pitch."

Goalkeeper Lukazs Fabianski appeared vulnerable throughout and is sure to attract some blame for both goals conceded by Arsenal.

Wenger went on: "I feel sorry for him because he is a great goalkeeper. But we have to take that on board."



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