HAZARD TALKS OF MOURINHO
Following on with the next instalment of the Eden Hazard interview, the Belgian talks of his star...
Following on with the next instalment of the Eden Hazard interview, the Belgian talks of his start to the season and his relationship with Jose Mourinho.
“It all goes well for me at Chelsea. Maybe this has been the best start in my career so far, although it isn't reflected in the stats. I have played only one bad game - against Aston Villa. I've taken a good rest during my holiday, I had a short, but good pre-season and I feel really well.
Jose Mourinho and I get along well. I've lots of respect for him. He gives me a lot of confidence. After a bad game he dares to say ‘we have played with 10 today’, but that's it. At moments like that he leaves me alone.
The image I had of him, before he came, is still the same I have now - he's a big manager, who's won everything, who shares his experience and is close to his players. He defends us all the time.”
For me personally, it's good to hear that the manager is not afraid to call him out if he has had a bad game. It's all well and good blowing smoke up Hazard's arse for the excellent things he does in a game but when he doesn't perform or do the things the boss has asked him to do, it's good to hear that Mourinho WILL criticise him.
I agree with Hazard about Villa this season as he wasn't in the game and nowhere near his best. As I have said before, it's important to remember that he is still only 23 and learning the game so there is plenty of time for him to get to grips with expectations of wingers in the modern game and in the Jose Mourinho style of playing.