MOURINHO EXPLAINS HAZARD DROP
The Chelsea manager claims the reason behind
starting the Belgium international on the bench
against Aston Villa was to improve his side’s
Jose Mourinho claims that Chelsea’s defensive record
was the reason behind dropping Eden Hazard for
Saturday’s 2-0 win over Aston Villa.
After a run of 47 starts in the Premier League, the
Belgium international was surprisingly named as a
substitute, while Diego Costa’s strike and Alan Hutton’s
own goal sealed the victory for the champions at
“I left Hazard out because we have been conceding too
many goals. We needed more stability and effort to help
make the team more solid,” said Mourinho.
have quality. And you don’t have control.
“It was a tactical decision I felt we had to make and I
told the players that this was not the time to be selfish
and think only of themselves and be selfish. This has to
be a moment for the team and nothing else.
“I want them to look at the bigger picture to get the
results we need back. Once we have done thast we can
then go back to what we were before.
“When the confidence is a bit low as it has been the
quality goes down also.
performance today, but it was a solid one. We sought
more stability and control and we got it.”