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Jose Mourinho slams Eden Hazard in scathing war of words

May 2, 2014, 8:53 AM EST

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Following Chelsea’s defeat to Atletico Madrid in the UEFA Champions League on Wednesday, Belgian winger Eden Hazard criticized the Blues’ direct style and complained to the French media.

On Friday in his weekly press conference Jose Mourinho was asked what he thought about Hazard’s comments and the Chelsea boss didn’t pull any punches.

Hazard was at fault for two of Atletico’s goals in Chelsea’s 3-1 defeat at Stamford Bridge, as the Belgian boy-wonder failed to track right back Juanfran on two occasions and the Blues were punished.

Mourinho accused Hazard of not respecting his teammates, as the recently crowned PFA Young Player of the Year has certainly antagonized Mourinho with his display after just returning from injury.

“The media was reporting that he was being critical, but there’s nothing critical in what he says,” Mourinho said. “Eden is a player who is not mentally ready to look back to his left-back and leave his life for him. When the comment come from a player like Eden, it’s normal because he’s not a player ready to sacrifice himself 100% for the team and the team-mates. And the comments weren’t critical. I’m not happy. I speak all season and I try to improve him all season.”

Wow.

It seems as though Hazard’s mentality is being questioned, big time, from a manager who is all about fostering a team-first ethos. Hazard has been sensational this season going forward, scoring 17 goals in 47 appearances, but the youngster still has a lot to learn defensively. After enduring a stop-start first season in West London under Roberto Di Matteo and Rafael Benitez, Mourinho has got the best out of the 23-year-old this campaign.

As we know, Mourinho is all about mind games and these latest comments may act to give Hazard a kick up the backside. However it could also spell the end of his time at Stamford Bridge as the Special One doesn’t suffer fools gladly.

Expect transfer speculation surrounding Hazard’s future to follow these incredible remarks from Mourinho.

  1. Nachiketh Ramesh - May 2, 2014 at 9:36 AM

    Hazard played his first season under RDM and Rafael Benitez. AVB was sacked six months before Chelsea signed Hazard.

    • Joe Prince-Wright - May 2, 2014 at 9:51 AM

      Thanks for flagging.

      Intrigued to see how this will play out for Hazard. Could be the end of his Chelsea career…

      • Nachiketh Ramesh - May 12, 2014 at 10:38 AM

        Nope! Jose considers Hazard as a key player.

  2. egb234 - May 2, 2014 at 12:02 PM

    You’ve got to be kidding me. I’m a recent Chelsea fan–I started following them the year they lost to Man U in the CL finals. Two of my favorite Chelsea players have been Mata and Hazard. We’ve watched Chelsea suffer from a lack of creativity in the middle since Mata “fell out of favor.” What would this season have been without Hazard? Willian, Shurrle, Salah are all fine but they aren’t as good as Hazard. Oscar has been invisible for months. Total garbage.

  3. wwsiralexd - May 2, 2014 at 1:13 PM

    Mourinho is a bully. Last year when Sergio Ramos stood up to him, he gave Ramos the captain armband.

  4. mazblast - May 2, 2014 at 2:45 PM

    A brilliant jerk criticizing a talented slacker.

    Hazard should work on his overall play, and Mourinho should work on keeping his yap shut once in a while.

  5. lunasceiling - May 2, 2014 at 8:10 PM

    Edin may or may not have a point…but when two of three opponent’s goals can be laid at your feet, now might not be the best time to open your yap about others’ failings.

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