Eden Hazard: Jose Mourinho has brought out the best in me at Chelsea

Eden Hazard paid tribute to Jose Mourinho for helping to get the best out of him after Chelsea win the Premier League title

Eden Hazard paid tribute to Jose Mourinho for getting the best out of him this season after his goal beat Crystal Palace and won Chelsea the Premier League title.

The Belgium playmaker scored the winner after his initial penalty was saved by Julian Speroni at the stroke of half-time at Stamford Bridge.

Hazard has been one of the main driving forces behind Chelsea’s Premier League title bid the season and was crowned PFA player of the year last month.

And the 24-year-old revealed his delight at the role he has played for Jose Mourinho’s men this season after netting his 14th Premier League goal for the Blues.

“The manager gives me a lot of feelings and I can play my best football on the pitch which is the most important thing,” Hazard told BBC Sport.

“I know the team need me and a player like me. I am here to score, and this season all the players did well.

“We deserve to be champions, and everyone at Chelsea is happy today.”

Meanwhile, defender Cesar Azpilicueta also paid tribute to the Portuguese coach, who has now led Chelsea to three Premier League titles during his two spells in England.

“Mourinho is a very big influence – we needed him,” Azpilicueta told BBC Sport.

“He has come to this team, we have won two trophies this year and we want to go and win more trophies. For me he has confidence in me and I am grateful to him.”

Chelsea have now won four Premier League titles since Roman Abramovich bought the club back in 2003.

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