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Chelsea boss Hiddink hails shuffled defence in wake of PSG defeat

Chelsea boss Guus Hiddink heaped praise on his makeshift defence in the wake of the 2-1 Champions League defeat to Paris Saint-Germain on Tuesday.

The Blues were without Kurt Zouma and John Terry which forced Hiddink to use a centre-back pairing of Gary Cahill and Branislav Ivanovic.

Cesar Azpilicueta was shifted to the right-back position while Baba Rahman played as a left-back in what was an impressive showing by a quartet who have hardly seen any minutes together this season.

Following the game, Hiddink said: "Bearing in mind we were playing a very good strong team the performance of our players was tactically very good. I repeat we could have been more lethal on the counter.

"The players did well, and not just the four defenders.

"We also had midfielders who did good defensive work. We had to reshuffle.

"Two weeks ago we played with Zouma and Terry, meaning also the full-backs had different positions. I'm happy with all their performances."

Vyom Chaudhary
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