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Mourinho Hits Back At Hazard

Jose Mourinho has hit back at Eden Hazard, who claimed that Chelsea ‘are not set up to play football’.

The Portuguese played down Hazard’s statements from the aftermath of the defeat to Atletico Madrid and said the quotes were reported out of context.

"First of all I listened to the interview. The words are completely different than some media was bringing,” Mourinho said.

"The context is completely transformed. The media was reporting that he was being critical but there's nothing critical in what he says."

However, Mourinho also confirmed that he was not happy with the Belgian’s defensive work against the La Liga leaders.

The 23-year-old appeared at fault for the first of Atletico’s three goals as he failed to track Juanfran’s run in the build-up of Adrian Lopez’s equalising goal.

The Chelsea boss insisted Hazard is not ready to sacrifice himself 100 percent for the team and must improve his defensive work.

"Eden is the kind of player that is not so mentally ready to look back to his left-back and live his life for him,” Mourinho added.

"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 can't make these mistakes.

"He's not the kind of player ready to sacrifice himself 100 per cent for the team. No, I'm not happy (with his defensive performance). I speak to him all season and I've been trying to improve him all season.

"Do I want Hazard to change? No, I just say the perfect team at the top level cannot make this kind of mistake."

What do you make of the feud between Jose Mourinho and Eden Hazard? Have your say in the comment section below.


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