Chelsea forward Eden Hazard can sulk or change, says Gary Neville
Manchester United defender Gary Neville agrees with Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho that Eden Hazard lacks discipline
Gary Neville tells Eden Hazard that he can sulk or change after Jose Mourinho criticised the Chelsea forward’s performance in the Champions League on Wednesday night.
The Belgium international was partly responsible for Adrian Lopez’s equaliser which gave Atletico Madrid a foothold in the game after allowing Juanfran to run to the byline and cross for his team-mate.
Mourinho claimed Hazard was not ready to sacrifice himself 100 per cent of the good of the team at his media conference on Friday after Hazard was critical of Chelsea’s tactics in the immediate aftermath of the 3-1 loss.
Hazard from here can either sulk and disagree or he can do what Robben did last year for Bayern v Barca. Change!
And former United right-back Neville feels Hazard must emulate Arjen Robben and accept greater defensive responsibility in order for Chelsea to be a success with the Belgian in their side.
“No-one should be surprised at Jose’s comments on Hazard. He asked for responsibility at the start of the season. On Wednesday he left his man twice,” Neville wrote on Twitter.
“At that level in those games you cannot do that. Anyone got last few seconds of Real Madrid v Bayern Munich in Madrid. Modric at the back post same as Hazard position.
“Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid played with two disciplined banks of 4 as Bayern Munich did last year to win the semis and final. One man wide cannot switch off.
“United fans think back to 2008 v Barca. Cristiano was moved up top and Ji Sung Park and Rooney wide. Carlos Queiroz and Sir Alex Ferguson knew they needed discipline.
“Hazard from here can either sulk and disagree or he can do what Robben did last year for Bayern v Barca. Change!”
Hazard has scored 14 goals and made seven assists in 33 Premier League appearances this season.