Eden Hazard has accepted the criticism doled out to him by Jose Mourinho and says he knows he needs to improve in a number of areas if Chelsea are to avoid having another trophyless season next year.
Mourinho's criticism came in light of the defeat to Atletico Madrid in the Champions League semi-final and comments the Belgium international made about the way the Blues were prepared for the match at Stamford Bridge, claiming they didn't set up to play football. Hazard's manager didn't respond kindly to those words and hit back by claiming he does not sacrifice himself for the team enough and that he has a lot he needs to improve on.
Fernando Torres had put Chelsea ahead in the first half of that match and the momentum was going with the Blues until Atletico equalised just before half-time, with many citing Hazard's failure to track his man as being the reason for conceding. Diego Simeone's side took the initiative into the second half and eventually ran out comfortable 3-1 winners to book a final showdown with city rival Real Madrid.
This exchanging of critical words worried some fans and many suggested Hazard could well be unhappy at Chelsea - a worry that was not helped by the 23-year-old consistently being linked with a move to Paris Saint-Germain. However, he has mow moved to ease these fears and has reiterated his commitment to Blues and that he was striving to improve for next season, admitting he must do better.
"It’s true and it’s good. I prefer it when we speak like this, rather than saying things like: 'He’s the best and he doesn’t need to work'," the former Lille star is quoted as saying by the Daily Mail.
"I know maybe I have to do better in training or on the pitch. I want to score more and help the team score more goals and next season I hope we can be better.
"I try to play like I did when I was a young boy playing in my garden. Sometimes it’s good, sometimes it’s not so good but I try to always make sure I give my best to help the team, even if I am not having the best game myself."