Maurizio Sarri admits Eden Hazard problem amid talk of Jose Mourinho reunion

13 October, 2018, 22:33 | Author: Suzanne Horton
  • Hazard takes Premier League Player of the Month prize

"I came back totally out of shape", noted Hazard, who was a member of the Blues squad that won the EPL title the previous campaign in 2015.

Chelsea ace Eden Hazard has revealed one of his only regrets is not playing under Jose Mourinho for a longer period of time and insisted that the Manchester United boss is not a negative figure for the team.

Eden Hazard has consistently been one of Chelsea's best players over the last few years but the winger appears to have reached an all new level following the appointment of Maurizio Sarri.

Hazard, who is one of only five Belgian players to win the award, beat Raheem Sterling, Alexandre Lacazette, Gylfi Sigurdsson, James Maddison and Willy Boly to the accolade.

"The last season under Mourinho was not pleasant", he stated. "We didn't win anything and we entered into a routine of training without having fun".

Asked on Thursday whether he needed to play in Spain to win the Ballon d'Or, awarded annually to the world's best player, a smiling Hazard responded: "That's why I want to go, maybe".


"I do not regret many things in my career, but that I have not been able to work with Mourinho at Chelsea anymore [is one]".

"Mourinho's image of an extremely defensive coach isn't completely right". We just ended up in a negative cycle. Those players are usually those in the Portuguese's successful sides where, as Hazard says, the relationship between manager and player is at its best.

Hazard has scored more league goals this season than Alvaro Morata, Olivier Giroud, Pedro Rodriguez and Willian combined, and Sarri said he had considered using him more centrally in a similar role to that played by Dries Mertens at Napoli.

Many players have spoken of their love for Mourinho.

Hazard also revealed he sent Mourinho text messages to apologise for his performance in the final weeks of his tenure as Chelsea manager, in comments that may come as something of a surprise.

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