John Obi Mikel has been named as the ideal player, Chelsea need to stage a comeback, by manager Hiddink.
Mikel has played in the three matches since the arrival of Hiddink, the midfielder has only started five under Mourinho.
And now Hiddink has named John Obi Mikel as the player needed.
“He played very well but also in the previous game,” said the Chelsea manager after Sunday’s 3-0 win over Crystal Palace.
“He’s the ideal player in my option to bring balance to the team. If the team is not willing to defend well, or hasn’t got the right balance, then you’ll concede a lot of goals.
“I think John Obi can be one of the key figures in bringing back that balance.
“On this podium very talented players can explore their qualities.
“He can recover his radar, he reads the game very well, he knows where the strength of the opponent is and knows how to combat that. He has very good sense, he doesn’t do it in a brutal way, he’s very elegant.
“Someone who can defend so smoothly is very beautiful. I don’t expect the decisive final pass from him – he can (do that), but he can also let the other players [play].”