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Mourinho attacks Hazard's commitment

ESPN staff
May 2, 2014
ESPN FC: Strong words from Eden Hazard

Jose Mourinho has hit back at Eden Hazard, saying he is "not happy" and that the forward is "not 100% ready to sacrifice himself for the team".

Hazard had criticised Mourinho's tactics against Atletico Madrid on Wednesday by saying Chelsea are "not made to play football", but the manager began his press conference on Friday by defending the Belgian before attacking his commitment.

Mourinho said: "I listened to the interview. The words are different than some media was bringing. His words were transformed.

"He wasn't being critical. Normally you get comments from players like him that can't resolve a problem like we had in the first goal.

"In the first leg Willian played on the left and Cole was completely protected. Eden is the kind of player who is not so mentally ready to look to his left back. If you look at Atletico's first goal, you will see where the mistake is.

"The perfect team at this level can't make this sort if mistake. Eden is not 100% ready to sacrifice himself for the team. I'm not happy about that."

Mourinho also agreed with David Luiz, who claimed that Chelsea's season will be a failure if it ends without a trophy.

Mourinho added: "I've been in the club longer than David. I arrived in 2004 he arrived after. I don't think it's a bad season, I think it's been a transitional season. If you compare to last season we've taken big steps.

"For a transitional season, to fight for the title until the last moment and go to the Champions League semi-final I think is a good step, especially because what you do normally is compare with the season before.

"If you do that, Chelsea lost the title in November last season. Chelsea were like 20 points [14] behind. And in the Champions League Chelsea were the first team to be knocked out in the group phase."

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