Last season’s PFA player of the year Eden Hazard has hardly done anything productive this season for his club. His dip in form saw the Belgian star get dropped by Jose Mourinho in a Champions League tie against FC Porto. Despite getting benched, Hazard has come out in public to show his vote of support for an under-fire Mourinho.
Hazard is currently on International duty with Belgium, where he hopes to seal Euro 2016 Qualification birth tonight with a win over Andorra. Speaking with local website Voetbal Krant, Hazard opened up on Chelsea’s poor start to the season, his current form and his relationship with Jose Mourinho.
On being asked to comment on his current form, Hazard said: “I know it [my form] could be better but I am not worried. Personally, it is not very good, but also the team have suffered a dip.” Hazard was further quizzed to give a reason for his and Chelsea’s poor start to the season to which the Belgian replied: “Honestly? I do not know. For me it is the first time in my career. But is it not that normal in a football career? Sometimes you happen to fail.”
In the end, he was asked about the FC Porto game, where he was benched by Mourinho. Hazard sounded relaxed over that thing and said: “I have no problems with that. Then it is my task to encourage the boys on the pitch. I think the coach in that way was trying to tell me something. He is still the best.”
Did Hazard mean to say all these words?
A few days back, Mourinho came out in the media and asked his under-fire players to back him in public over their poor start to the season. Since then, we have seen Cesc Fabregas, Diego Costa and now Hazard come out and praise their manager and acknowledge their lack of form in public. Will any player do that, unless they are forced upon? I don’t think so. This all seems like a total ploy by the Chelsea football club to protect the image of their under-fire manager and these comment sound all-so-scripted.
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