Eden Hazard’s brilliant counter-attacking goal gave Chelsea three points against Norwich on Sunday. The 22-year-old Belgian changed the game after coming on as a substitute and it is impressive considering that he was not fully fit. He has joined up with the Belgian national team for their upcoming World Cup qualifiers against Croatia and Wales. Hazard has spoken to Belgian newspaper HLN on various aspects like Mourinho, his teammate Kevin De Bruyne, and his brother Thorgan Hazard.
Hazard says that Mourinho is an extremely demanding coach and that he heavily criticises players if they do not perform well.
“He’s a demanding coach who perhaps more than other trainers criticizes his players. He also wants us to do our work well to training.”
Mourinho is often known for his honesty with his players, but the same honesty has come to bite him back on some occasions. His latest comments that playing for Everton being easier than Chelsea is one such example.
On Kevin De Bruyne:
Hazard and De Bruyne are not only teammates at club level, but also on international stage. When asked about De Bruyne being dropped from the squad, he said,
“For De Bruyne, the situation is not evident now. Kevin has no less quality than the others, but the coach makes his choice. And he [De Bruyne] will now want to show [his quality].”
As with Juan Mata, Mourinho has always said that he will make an effort to go in the direction of the player if they show their effort. It will not be long before we see De Bruyne in the first-team squad again.
On Thorgan Hazard:
Hazard’s little brother Thorgan Hazard is currently playing at Zulte Waregem on loan from Chelsea. Of course, the Belgian league is nowhere near enough Premier League quality, but Thorgan has been impressive this season.
“He’s in shape, I hope he continues on this momentum. I have seen his game in the Europa League against Wigan. Sometimes I try to follow on the Internet but Zulte Waregem matches are not so easy to find.”
Thorgan has been an important player for Zulte Waregem this season. He already has seven goals and seven assists to his name. Considering the incredible amount of young players we have on loan, only time will tell if this great run of form will help Thorgan get a place in the Chelsea first-team squad.