Jose Mourinho on why he dropped Eden Hazard for Chelsea’s trip to Porto

Jose Mourinho explains why Eden Hazard has been dropped from Chelsea's starting line-up against Porto

Jose Mourinho has revealed that he opted to drop Eden Hazard for Chelsea’s clash with Porto in the Champions League to keep his squad fresh.

The Belgian playmaker was left out of the starting line-up by the Portuguese coach along with midfielder Nemanja Matic as the Blues boss rung the changes for the European clash in Portugal.

Oscar, meanwhile, has not even made the matchday squad.

And Mourinho insists that he had no choice but to rotate his players in order to keep them fresh during a gruelling stage of the season for his side.

Mourinho said on BT Sport: “(This is) probably the most difficult of the group stage games. A real opponent for first place in the group.

“I have brought in some fresh players because Porto had an extra day in the league. I know the game will be intense, they are powerful and have physicality and quality.”

PFA player of the year Hazard has yet to score for Chelsea this season.

The Blues head into the game looking to return to winning ways after they were forced to come from two goals down to seal a 2-2 draw with Newcastle United at St James’ Park on Saturday.

The west London side are currently in 15th place in the Premier League table after a stuttering start to their top-flight title defence.

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