Hazard was pipped to the award by Sturridge, who scored five league goals last month, and Mourinho is flabbergasted that his star player has yet to secure a single one of the Premier League’s coveted monthly accolades.
The Portuguese coach told reporters during Friday’s pre-match press conference: “For Hazard to arrive in March without a single award makes me laugh."
This isn’t the first time this season that Mourinho has complained about the fact Hazard has yet to secure a Player of the Month award. Last month, after the Belgium international netted a devastating hat-trick to sink Newcastle United, the Blues’ boss suggested that those on the Premier League panel don’t enjoy watching Hazard work his magic like everyone else does.
"Eden Hazard is this player, a player for some reason he didn't get one single player of the month in this Premier League," Mourinho told Sky Sports. "I think everybody does [enjoys watching Hazard] only the people that gives the award don't enjoy that."
While some may interpret Mourinho’s comments as nothing more than sour grapes, Hazard has been one of the Premier League’s standout performers this season, and is tipped to be among the contenders for the PFA’s Premier League Player of the Season award at the end of the campaign.
While defending Hazard, though, Mourinho also took time to praise West Ham boss Sam Allardyce, who was accused of promoting “19th Century” football following January’s 0-0 draw at Stamford Bridge.
"I think Sam deserves [the award]," Mourinho added. "I think he won four consecutive matches in February. When you win every match in the month, normally you have to win the award. I didn't in some months when I win every match, but that's me.
"Like a shotgun, he took West Ham from a dangerous position, so clearly he deserves it.”