Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has publically criticised Eden Hazard’s commitment to the team in response comments the player made about his manager’s tactic earlier this week.
Following Cheslea’s Champions League semi-final exit at the hands of Atletico Madrid on Wednesday night, Hazard questioned Mourinho’s tactical approach to the game. He told French broadcaster beIN SPORTS, “Chelsea aren’t set up to play football”.
However, Mourinho has now hit back at the recently crowned PFA Young Player of the Year, saying “When the comments come from a player like Eden it’s normal because he’s not the kind of player to sacrifice himself for the team”.
The Belgian was arguably to blame for two of the goals Chelsea conceded against Atletico after neglecting his defensive duties and Mourinho is clearly not best pleased with Hazard’s attitude: “I’m not happy. I’ve tried to improve him all season.”
Jose Feels Hazard Isn’t Committed Enough
Speaking at his Friday press conference, the manager went on to say:
“[Hazard] is not mentally ready to look to his left-back and leave his life for him. Normally you get these kind of comments from players like him, from players that can’t resolve a problem like we had with the first goal. If you see Atletico’s first goal, you completely understand where the mistake was and why we conceded that goal.”
Hazard is one of the world’s top talents, but it seems he still has a lot to learn. However, after being critical of one of his most important players in a public setting, some may question how Mourinho chose to handle the situation.