Jose Mourinho: Why Eden Hazard isn’t Chelsea’s No10
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho discusses what makes his perfect No10
Jose Mourinho has appeared to suggest that Eden Hazard will never be handed the No10 role in the Chelsea manager’s starting XI.
The Blues midfielder has struggled to hit his heights of last season after a disappointing return of two assists in 13 Premier League games this season.
I demand a lot from someone in that position. Every position is important but it is an important position
The reigning PFA player of the year is still waiting to open his Premier League account for the campaign after he scored 16 times in their title-winning season.
Mourinho has been playing Brazil international Oscar in a number 10 role in his side most of the season, with Hazard shuffled out to the wing.
And the Chelsea boss appeared to hint that Hazard doesn’t have the necessary qualities to play in the advanced No10 role in Mourinho’s side.
“Me and Eden have different concepts of number 10,” Mourinho is quoted as saying at his pre-match media conference.
“For me a number 10 does a lot of things with and without the ball. So a number 10 is a very special player in my team. “In my first period, we played with two number eights. But in my last period, with Chelsea, we are playing with a system of two midfield players and one number 10. I demand a lot from someone in that position. Every position is important but it is an important position.
“I like a number 10 to score goals. I like a number 10 to get in the box. I like a number 10 to score a goal like Oscar did against Maccabi Tel Aviv. A number 10 for me is an eight-and-a-half when the team loses the ball and the number 10 is a nine-and-a-half when the team has the ball.”
Chelsea make the trip across London to face Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane on Sunday afternoon.
The Blues are 10 points behind Spurs ahead of Sunday’s London derby.