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Hiddink to take over troubled Chelsea

Russia coach Guus Hiddink will take over as Chelsea manager for the remaining season from next week, he said.

sports Updated: Feb 11, 2009 23:34 IST

Russia coach Guus Hiddink will take over as Chelsea manager for the remaining season from next week, he said on Wednesday.

"One week is not enough to prepare a team but this is an exceptional situation. Chelsea have good players and they should be in top form and that should make my job easier," he said.

Hiddink said he planned to attend Chelsea's FA Cup fifth round tie at Watford on Saturday.

The Dutchman said he intended to contact his predecessor at Chelsea, Luiz Felipe Scolari, to discuss the team. Scolari was sacked by the fourth-placed Premier League club on Monday. "I haven't done it yet but I will call him in the next day or two," said Hiddink.

He added he had not signed a contract with Chelsea nor intended to. "I don't have to sign one. It's not a question of money," said

Brazil beat Italy

London: Brazil turned on their style to beat world champions Italy 2-0 in a friendly on Tuesday and end coach Marcello Lippi's bid for a record 32-match unbeaten run.

Elano and Robinho scored first-half goals to help Brazil make light of Kaka's absence and put on a performance at Arsenal's Emirates Stadium which belied their coach Dunga's reputation as a dour tactician. "We all know what Robinho can do but we talked about putting pressure on the Italians to recover the ball. He showed good personality and fitted well into the team," Dunga told a news conference.

Real to borrow $90m for Ronaldo

Madrid: Real Madrid will borrow $90 million from Spain's largest bank Santander to help finance the purchase of Portuguese winger Cristiano Ronaldo from Manchester United, Spanish radio said on Wednesday. But the loan will not be enough to cover the transfer fee, private radio Cadena Ser said.

Aussies on top

Tokyo: Japan and Australia shared the spoils 0-0 in Asian World Cup qualifying on Wednesday but there was a crucial win for North Korea, who beat Saudi Arabia 1-0 to leave the Gulf state in serious trouble. The Aussies drew 0-0 and are well positioned in Group 1 with 10 pts from four games.

First Published: Feb 11, 2009 23:32 IST