Chelsea must consider their short-term future, warns Guus Hiddink
Interim boss Guus Hiddink admits Chelsea face a period of uncertainty and transition in the absence of Champions League football.
The Blues on Wednesday were dumped out of Europe as Paris St Germain won 2-1 at Stamford Bridge for a 4-2 aggregate success in the last-16 tie.
Chelsea are well adrift of qualifying through the Premier League -- the Blues are 10th, 10 points behind fourth-placed Manchester City with nine games remaining -- 10 months after winning the title.
"Chelsea is now in a transition period," said Hiddink, who has restored stability following a turbulent start to the season under Jose Mourinho.
"They have to see how to go on and try to regain the lost terrain where Chelsea used to be. Chelsea must consider its short[-term] future, how to handle this."
Next season appears likely to be Chelsea's first without Champions League football under the ownership of Roman Abramovich, who took over in 2003.
Their most recent season without top-level European competition was in 2002-03, when they played in the UEFA Cup.
Chelsea's only losses under Hiddink have been inflicted by PSG, who advanced to the quarterfinals for a fourth straight season and a second in a row at the expense of the Blues.
Away goals had separated the sides in the last two seasons - Chelsea won the quarter-final tie in 2014, but were defeated at the last-16 stage in 2015 -- and John Obi Mikel's strike on February 16 at Parc des Princes gave Chelsea a fighting chance.
The performance of Diego Costa did, too. He cancelled out Adrien Rabiot's opener before departing injured after an hour. And seven minutes later Zlatan Ibrahimovic struck in a cathartic moment for the Sweden striker, who missed the 2014 tie through injury and called Chelsea's players "babies" following his sending off 12 months ago.