Eden Hazard’s father is not annoyed with Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho for dropping his son during last week’s 2-1 defeat to FC Porto in the Champions League.
Following the disappointing 2-2 draw against Newcastle United in the Premier League, Mourinho demoted Hazard and Nemanja Matic to the substitutes’ bench for the group stage clash at the Estádio do Dragão.
The Belgium international, however, was reinstated to the starting line-up for last Saturday’s 3-1 defeat to Southampton at Stamford Bridge.
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Thierry Hazard is a fan of Mourinho and trusts the under-fire Portuguese coach is simply doing what he feels is best for Chelsea.
“I've dealt with him on two occasions to discuss the loan [sic] Thorgan and Eden's contract extension,” he is quoted as saying by the Mirror. “I like what he has to say. I continue to support his choices. Eden as well who understands and accepts them.
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"Moreover, I think he handles him well. When he drops him, he is not punishing him, I am sure, but it is by tactical choice.”
Thierry Hazard: Rest will benefit son & Belgium
Hazard Senior, a former player himself, also believes that periods of rest throughout the season will benefit his son ahead of next summer’s European Championships in France.
"Eden has played first-team football since the age of sixteen,” he added. “In almost six years, he has never been suspended or suffered a big injury. You have to put things in perspective. Each year it sets new goals that he makes a really point in achieving.
"Personally, he is conscious of having to improve his stats. His strength lies in knowing exactly where he is at, but never gets overwhelmed: he does not purposely miss a penalty ... but any cloud has a silver lining.
"If he plays less, he would arrive less tired at the Euros which he is so keen on playing because it takes place in his back garden, with his own watching.”
Hazard should rediscover his best form soon
Hazard has failed to scale the same lofty heights as last season during the opening months of the current campaign, but it shouldn’t be long before the world-class attacking winger is back to his mercurial best.
The 24-year-old scored 19 goals in 52 appearances for the Blues last season and deservedly secured the PFA Player’s Player of the Year award after helping Chelsea end their five-year wait for the league title.
Hazard has found the back of the net in just one of his eight Premier League appearances so far this season; however, the former Lille star will be expected to add to his tally in Chelsea’s first match after the international break against Aston Villa at the Bridge.
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