Former Chelsea and Tottenham manager Jose Mourinho has criticised Eden Hazard for his attitude in trainings. The duo worked together for a couple of years, and the Belgian international was instrumental in Chelsea’a Premier League victory in 2015.
Having joined Real Madrid for a whopping £130m, the forward has struggled to replicate his form for the Spanish giants. Hazard has been hampered by a series of injuries and underwhelming performances, and was recently criticised for his behaviour after being knocked out of Champions League by his former employers.
However, Mourinho has praised Hazard for his exceptional technical skills, but lamented on the forward’s lack of dedication off the field. Speaking to talkSPORT, Mourinho said “The truth is that amazing player that you see is an amazing player with awful training.”
“You can imagine what he could be with a super-professional attitude in training. In the end, he is an amazing kid, he is an incredible family man.”
“He looks like he doesn’t belong to this generation of players, he’s very quiet, he’s totally focussed on family, on kids, on parents, on a very quiet life.”
“But he gets onto the pitch every morning and he doesn’t work much. When he goes onto the pitch, you don’t see the reflection of a week’s work, you just see the reflection of his talent.”
“So he is this amazing player, and you can imagine if he was a top professional.”
“When he went to Real Madrid I thought, ‘wow, now this guy is going to the biggest club in the world, now he’s going to feel this huge pressure to be always at the top, this guy is going to be a Golden Ball [winner], because he is amazing.”
“But in terms of his fitness, his speed, his condition, he would be a much better player [if he trained harder]. What you see is the talent that God gave him, and he’s a fantastic player.”