Jose Mourinho: Why Eden Hazard will be even better for Chelsea this term
Eden Hazard is on course to become even better next season, according to Jose Mourinho
Eden Hazard is on course to become even better next season as he looks to build on a successful 2015-16 campaign, according to Jose Mourinho.
The Belgian playmaker was one of the Premier League’s standout performers last season as he helped Chelsea win the title as well as the League Cup during Mourinho’s second campaign back in charge at Stamford Bridge.
Hazard’s sparkling form won him the PFA player of the year award as he impressed on a weekly basis for Mourinho’s men.
And Chelsea boss Mourinho is certain that Hazard has what it takes to improve his game next season as he looks to continue his development with the west London club.
Mourinho is quoted as saying by the Daily Express: “To repeat the awards, I believe he has got to get better, because the normal tendency is for people to find another star.
“People find somebody new to get these individual trophies. But he has all the conditions to improve. With his age he can improve.
“I talk to all of them (the squad). Medical department too. I told them. You have to be better. Two years ago we reached the CL semi-final but he didn’t play. He didn’t play in Madrid, he played injured at home. So he arrived in that crucial moment not in condition.
“Last year we didn’t do well and we were out immediately so he also needs a good Champions League. I’m not saying winning but I say a proper Champions League. But no matter, he is fantastic.
“He’s getting stronger and stronger, not just in his body, but in his attitude. He’s mentally tough. He’s not the kind of boy who overreacts. After a bad tackle he never rolls and rolls like other players do.
“He doesn’t try and push referees to make certain decisions. Eden is not this guy. He’s loyal and honest, and gets lots of respect from opponents because of that.”
Chelsea kick off their Premier League title defence with a home clash against Swansea City on the opening day of the campaign after their Community Shield fixture with Arsenal at Wembley on 2 August.