José Mourinho has responded to Eden Hazard’s criticism by saying that the player should look at his own mistakes.
Hazard stated after the Champions League defeat against Atletico Madrid that Mourinho’s tactics are not helping Chelsea play football. He also said that the entire burden of creating chances is being placed upon him.
Mourinho has responded to such statements by saying that Chelsea were knocked out because of Hazard’s mistakes. He said:
“I listened to the interview. There was nothing critical in what he said. 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.
“Normally you get these kind of comments from players like him, from players that can’t resolve a problem like we had in the first goal.
“Eden is the kind of player that is not so mentally ready to look back to his left-back and to leave his life for him.
“If you see the first goal of Atletico you completely understand where the mistake was and why we conceded that goal.
“The perfect team at the top level cannot make these kinds of mistakes.
“I’m not happy. I speak all season and I try to improve him all season.”
Hazard was responsible for two of the three goals scored by Atletico, as he failed to track right-back JuanFran.
It is widely considered that Mourinho sold Juan Mata to Manchester United because he was unhappy with the Spaniard’s defensive contribution. Such comments about Hazard is unlikely to put him on the brink of a transfer, but it surely opens up cracks in their relationship.