Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho responds to Eden Hazard’s criticism
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho says Eden Hazard is not ready to sacrifice himself 100 per cent for his team-mates
Jose Mourinho has hit back at Eden Hazard by claiming the forward is not ready to sacrifice himself “100 per cent” for his Chelsea team-mates.
The Belgium international was critical of the Blues after a 3-1 loss to Atletico Madrid in the second leg of their Champions League semi-final on Wednesday.
The 23-year-old, who was partly responsible from Adrian Lopez’s first-half equaliser, was quoted as saying that Chelsea are “not made to play football”.
When the comments come from a player like Eden, it is normal because he is not ready to sacrifice himself 100 per cent for his team and team-mates
Mourinho initially clarified Hazard’s post-match remarks but went on to criticise the former Lille man’s role in Atletico’s first goal.
“First of all, I listened to the interview. The words are completely different than some media was reporting,” Mourinho told his media conference ahead of Norwich City’s visit to Stamford Bridge.
“The context is completely transformed. He wasn’t being critical with what he said. It was the same words that he had said about the Belgian side a couple of weeks ago.”
Mourinho went on to add: “Normally you get these kind of comments from players that can’t resolve a problem like we had in a first goal.
“Against Atletico in Madrid, Willian played on the left side. Ashley Cole was protected all game. Against Liverpool, Schurrle played left side, and a dangerous player like Glen Johnson was under control.
“Eden is the kind of player who is not so mentally ready to look back at the left-back and live his life for him.
“You can see the first goal of the Atletico where the mistake was and why we conceded that goal. The perfect team at the top level can’t make these mistakes.”
Mourinho added that he has spoken to Hazard throughout the season in a bid to improve the Chelsea forward’s work-rate.
“When the comments come from a player like Eden, it is normal because he is not ready to sacrifice himself 100 per cent for his team and team-mates,” Mourinho continued.
“I’m not happy. I speak all season and try to improve him.”