Brazil defender Alex expects Guus Hiddink's appointment as Chelsea manager to revitalise the troubled Premier League club.
Hiddink will see Chelsea in action for the first time in the FA Cup at Watford on Saturday after taking over from Luiz Felipe Scolari, who was sacked earlier this week following Chelsea's slump out of the title race. The 62-year-old will continue as Russia coach as well as running the show at Stamford Bridge and is yet to commit to the Blues past the end of this season.
But Alex, coached by Hiddink for several years at Dutch club PSV Eindhoven, is confident the Dutchman will make a positive impact on his new club. "He is a good coach and a fantastic man. When I played in Brazil with Santos I remember he came all the way to watch my games and speak with me, he is a very good man,' Alex told Chelsea's website on Thursday.
"I think he would play a similar system here to what we have seen, and when I was at PSV we played a 4-3-3 system - we had some very exciting times there. In my three years in Holland, two of them were with Guus Hiddink and we won the title both times, and the double once, as well as reaching the semi-finals of the Champions League in my first year."
Alex has been back in the Chelsea starting line-up in recent weeks due to an injury to Ricardo Carvalho. He is enjoying the chance to play regularly and insisted reports that he wanted to quit Chelsea were wide of the mark.
"Obviously as a player, you always want to be playing, and I was on the bench. I mentioned that I wasn't very happy because I was on the bench, but I never said that I wanted to leave," he said.
"People perceived that because I wasn't happy that I wanted to leave, but this was not the case. Now, I am playing quite well, I am getting back into the team, and that's it really. Of course you never know what will happen in the future, because in football everything changes. I am very happy to be playing at the moment and I hope it can continue. When you are not playing you can feel a bit down but at the moment I am playing well and will continue to do so."