Thierry Henry: Eden Hazard’s body language at Chelsea has changed
Thierry Henry runs the rule over Chelsea's stuttering start to the season under Jose Mourinho
Thierry Henry believes that Eden Hazard’s body language this season suggests that the playmaker does not want to adapt his style of play to suit Jose Mourinho’s plans for Chelsea.
The Blues’ stuttering start to the new season continued at the weekend as the west London side slumped to a 2-1 loss to West Ham United at Upton Park on Saturday.
That defeat was Chelsea’s fifth of the season in the top flight and has placed manager Mourinho under increasing pressure at Stamford Bridge.
Reports in the British media this week have claimed that Mourinho could be sacked should Chelsea lose Saturday’s Premier League clash against Liverpool.
Hazard and Nemanja Matic are among the Chelsea players who starred last season but have been unable to find consistent form this term.
And former Arsenal striker Henry feels that Mourinho has been frustrating a number of Chelsea’s players with his tactical plans for the west London side.
Henry told Sky Sports: “I see a team that is not buying into what Mourinho wants any more.
“Hazard and Nemanja Matic for example. Matic was substituted against Southampton then went to play for Serbia and got sent-off. He then got sent off again at West Ham. Whether that was right or wrong, you can tell they are all on edge.
“The body language of Hazard suggests that he doesn’t want to play in the same way. Maybe Mourinho has to deal with his main players not accepting the way he likes to play.
“It’s very demanding for Hazard to track back, tuck in and play on the counter. Mourinho has shown he’s been very successful winning games that way but when you win the league and come back the year after you need to do more.
“Can they do more? I don’t know at the moment. The players’ body language suggests they are fed up with some stuff – although I’m not in the dressing room to find out exactly what it is.”