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Hiddink tempted by English return

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Hiddink aims to end tenure with silverware

Chelsea manager Guus Hiddink has admitted he hopes the FA Cup final against Everton on Saturday is not his last involvement in English football.

The showpiece at Wembley will be the Dutchman's final match in charge of Chelsea before he resumes his role as national coach of Russia in the summer.

But he told BBC Sport: "The English game is dominant in world football and of course I am tempted to return here.

"I feel the obligation to go back to Russia, but the temptation is there."

The 62-year-old added: "I'm not the youngest any more, but having has this experience in the past few months with Chelsea, I'd certainly like to come back to England again in the future."

And Hiddink is determined to end his brief stay in west London by helping the club to their first trophy in two season.

"A final is never an anti-climax," he said. "You have to be in finals at a big club and we are very happy to be there.

"To play a final with worldwide attention and win some silverware is perfect.

"Analysing this season, we would have liked to fight until the end for the Premier League title and be in the Champions League final.

"But the FA Cup is not a second prize."

And Hiddink hopes Chelsea use the pain of their Champions League defeat by Barcelona to spur them on against Everton.

The Blues are still smarting from their semi-final loss on away goals against the Catalan side, after they had numerous penalty appeals rejected.

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Chelsea felt they were harshly treated by referee Tom Henning Ovrebo in the second leg of their last-four clash at Stamford Bridge.

The Norwegian turned down four strong penalty claims from the home side before Andreas Iniesta scored in stoppage time to level the tie at 1-1 and put Barca through on the away goals rule.

But Hiddink says that disappointment can inspire Chelsea, saying: "Of course you can play out of anger.

"It's good to use that. The internal motivation is high in the team.

"Bit by bit, day by day I'm getting rid of the anger from the Barcelona match, but if you push the right button in my soul you will find a bit of anger."

And midfielder Frank Lampard, Chelsea's Player of the Year, said he and his team-mates wanted to send Hiddink off with an FA Cup final win on his CV.

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"Our form since Guus Hiddink took over has been championship-winning form -our performance over the last five months has set the standard," he said.

"Guus has been very impressive, the way he handles players, the way he handles everything really.

"It will be great to finish off with a big day out and a win for him. It would be lovely if we could do that. All the players and everyone he's worked with wants his season to finish like that."



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