Jose Mourinho has revealed that Eden Hazard has asked him to help him get a pair of specially made shin-pads to deal with the challenges opponents put in on the back of his legs.
In a week where The Special One called for tougher action from referees on those putting in dangerous challenges on his star man, Hazard has had his own say on the matter and, according to Mourinho, he too is aiming to protect himself.
As relayed by ESPN Mourinho has claimed that the Belgian winger has asked him to get him a pair of custom-made shin-pads that cover the back of his legs as well, in an effort to reduce the risk of being injured as a result of tackles from behind.
"Eden told me to speak with my friends who make the carbon shin pads," Mourinho said.
"Eden told me to speak with my friends who make the carbon shin pads"
"I am not joking. He told me to speak with them because I am friends with the guy, to try to make it also for the back [of his calves]. Like a horse, when the horses do the jumping - in front and behind. Because now he gets [kicked] behind."
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Hazard's rough ride
Indeed Hazard appeared to be on the receiving end of plenty of robust challenges during the Champions League clash with Paris Saint-Germain this week just gone, and often his direct style of play and quick footwork leaves him open to being targeted by frustrated defenders.
With the Belgian international key to Mourinho’s plans it’s no wonder that the Portuguese coach is doing everything he can to provide him with cover, and the idea of giving him special protection is one that will sit well with Chelsea fans.
It can only mean good things if Hazard is kept fit and healthy, with his assists and goals having helped to propel the Blues to the top of the Premier League table. Having recently signed a lucrative new deal at Stamford Bridge his commitment to them is assured, so all that remains is to preserve his ability to be fit week in week out.
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