OPINION | Is Eden Hazard is being worked too hard?
Ruud Gullit has expressed an opinion on Eden Hazard earlier this week and I just wanted to try and guage the general opinion from Chelsea...
Ruud Gullit has expressed an opinion on Eden Hazard earlier this week and I just wanted to try and guage the general opinion from Chelsea fans.
After a good performance against Tottenham, where it was very noticeable that Eden Hazard worked very hard with and without the ball, Ruud Gullit said:
"He worked too hard. I want him to be sharp in front of goal. He kicks the ball, head's down, head's down, he still has to run forward. This is a sign of a player like: "Oh my God. I have to run again." All players know that, when you put your head down like that.
He is as important as Ronaldo is for Real Madrid. He is as important as Messi is for Barcelona. Do they chase back as much? No, because they need to save their energy for the right moment.
He did it to prove a point but to get the best out of him, I don't want him to chase that much. I want him to concentrate on the moments that the team gets the ball.
They have to give him the ball as quick as possible and then he does his thing. When that is coming back, he's going to get goals again."
Does Ruud have a point? Will that matter to Jose Mourinho?
I guess the point here is that Jose expects ALL of his players to buy into his method of training and playing the game. If that means that because of the formation we play, the wide men have to work just as hard without the ball as to when they are in possession in attacking areas, then so be it.
You only have to look at Juan Mata and Kevin De Bruyne who have both been sold because of the same philosophy. Let's also not forget here that this is same demands that were asked of the players last season in which Eden Hazard personally excelled winning individual awards in addition to the Premier League and League Cup.
So come on Chelsea fans, what do you think on this subject. Are you happy with what the manager is asking of the likes of Eden Hazard, Willian and Pedro? Or, would you prefer for them to given licence to concentrate on just the attacking aspects of the game as the examples given of Messi and Ronaldo?
I see no problem with what Jose is asking as I said last season we managed to make it work and won the league.
What do you think?