United, in fifth, seem more catchable and are now five points ahead, although that could change when they play Watford on Wednesday.
The Blues are still chasing for two cup titles in the FA Cup and the Champions League, and the next results in those competitions will decide where the club should focus their resources.
“They [Bertrand TraorÃ© and Kenedy] are knocking on the door”, Hiddink said after their victory.
“We had a target to get ourselves out of that as soon as possible”.
“We have set new aims for us to achieve but our main ambition would be to qualify for the Europa League while facing a very tight schedule”, he explained.
Kenedy and Traore both started against Norwich City on Tuesday, with Kenedy scoring his first ever Premier League goal less than 40 seconds after the start of the match – the fastest goal in the league this year.
NORWICH: Ruddy, Pinto, Bennett (Mbokani Bezua 60), Martin, Klose, Brady, Redmond, Howson, Tettey (O’Neill 36), Hoolahan, Jerome. 7 Good performance by Cahill, who made several key interceptions.
“We should’ve killed it off already”.
“(Kenedy) is offside. I’ve seen it back on the video”, Neil said.
Chelsea coach Guus Hiddink feels a European qualifying spot is now a realistic goal for the Blues heading into the final three months of the season.
As part of the 28th round of the Premier League on March 1 Chelsea will play away against Norwich.
“When that’s a continuous thing that keeps happening, I don’t think it boils down to just luck”. “We have Swansea on Saturday, Man City and then games against teams around about us. We are now winning games in a row and that is encouraging”. The fact we’re in the bottom three now has no bearing.
“TraorÃ© came on in the previous games and had good appearances with goals”.
“We have to be careful with some players that they’re not going over the top with their physical load”.
“You would expect the officials to get it right”.
Diego Costa made it 2-0 to the visitors on the stroke of halftime when he clipped the ball over Ruddy from close range after being found inside the box by Bertrand Traore, although the Spain striker appeared offside when he received the pass.
“I have spoken highly of him [Loftus-Cheek] since I started training with him”.