Jose Mourinho has admitted his displeasure at Eden Hazard's decision to allow Didier Drogba to take the penalty in their Champions League game against Maribor.
The Blues went on to win 6-0, but the score was still a relatively open 1-0 when the referee pointed to the spot following a foul on Branislav Ivanovic. As Chelsea's first-choice penalty taker, Mourinho expected to see Hazard stepping up to the spot.
However, Hazard instead abdicated from his duties to allow Drogba the chance to score his first goal since returning to the club in the summer. The 36-year-old slotted home calmly, but the incident has left a sour taste in the mouth of the manager.
After the match, Mourinho told reporters: "I was surprised [Hazard gave Drogba the penalty].
"I was not particularly pleased, Hazard is first choice for penalties. But it was a goal, so I was happy for that."
"We played seriously, we faced the game in the right way and even at 3-0 we kept playing" - Jose Mourinho
Mourinho would find it hard to be taken up in the sentimentality of Drogba's goal. The last time Drogba scored for Chelsea was in the same competition against Bayern Munich in the final.
His contribution to that final will go down in Stamford Bridge folklore and it was only right for his next goal for Chelsea to come in the Champions League once again, albeit a much less important one.
Although Maribor were never expected to challenge this Chelsea side, it was still an impressive performance from the Blues, who are heavy favourites to qualify from Group G as favourites.
On the performance, Mourinho said: "We played seriously, we faced the game in the right way and even at 3-0 we kept playing.
"We enjoyed the game and getting three important points. It was a game the fans liked."
Bigger challenges lie ahead for Chelsea this week as they prepare to take on Manchester United at Old Trafford on Sunday. While they are the early favourites, Mourinho will be forced to rely on Drogba from the start after Loic Remy pulled up with a groin injury to join Diego Costa on the treatment table.
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