Eden Hazard not ready to sacrifice himself for Chelsea – Mourinho hits back
Jose Mourinho has hit back at Eden Hazard for criticising his tactics by claiming the Chelsea winger is ‘not 100 per cent ready’ to sacrifice himself for the team.
The Chelsea boss began his Friday afternoon press conference by defending the Belgian’s quotes, claiming Hazard’s words about Mourinho’s defensive displays has been ‘transformed’, but Mourinho finished by saying he wasn’t happy with the winger.
Mourinho said: ‘I listened to the interview. The words are different than some media was bringing. His words were transformed.
Jibe: Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho believes Eden Hazard isn’t ready to sacrifice himself for the team
‘He wasn’t being critical. Normally you get comments from players like him that can’t resolve a problem like we had in the first goal.
‘In the first leg Willian played on the left and Cole was completely protected.
‘Eden is the kind of player who is not so mentally ready to look to his left back.
‘If you look at Athletico’s first goal, you will see where the mistake is.
‘The perfect team at this level can’t make this sort if mistake. Eden is not 100 percent ready to sacrifice himself for the team. I’m not happy about that.’
Speaking after Chelsea’s 3-1 defeat against Atletico Madrid on Wednesday, Hazard told beIN SPORTS: ‘Chelsea aren’t set up to play football. Chelsea are set up to counter-attack.’
On his own: Hazard was frustrated by Atletico’s defence on Wednesday night
Crushed: Chelsea skipper John Terry was visibly upset after the final whistle against Atletico
That’s how you do it: Mourinho claimed Willian (centre) protected Ashley Cole well in the first leg against Atletico
The defiant 50-year-old also agreed with defender David Luiz, who claimed that Chelsea’s season won’t have been a bad one if the Blues fail to win the Premier League.
Mourinho added: ‘I’ve been in the club longer than David. I arrived in 2004 he arrived after.
‘I don’t think it’s a bad season, I think it’s been a transitional season. If you compare to last season we’ve taken big steps.’
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