Chelsea midfielder Eden Hazard claims he is 'no longer untouchable' at Stamford Bridge and believes boss Jose Mourinho wanted to send out a message by dropping him against Porto, reports Goal.com.
Hazard had to settle for a cameo role during the Blues' Champions League defeat at the hands of the Portuguese outfit late last month, but the Belgium international is well aware that he must improve after a difficult start to the campaign.
With Chelsea struggling to secure the required results, Hazard has been unable to hit top form so far this season.
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It appears that he wasn't surprised to be placed on the bench against Porto, as he told La Derniere Heure: "It is true that I am no longer untouchable. You can be untouchable when you are playing well, but that has not been the case this season.
"I was even benched against Porto. I think the coach wanted to send out a message by dropping me.
"But we have a large squad at Chelsea and we will need everyone."
However, despite Chelsea's on-pitch difficulties, Hazard has insisted that he's not worried about manager Jose Mourinho.
The long-term future of the Portuguese tactician has been the subject of much debate recently, but Hazard believes his boss is the perfect man to deal with 'this kind of pressure'.
"I do not read everything that he says and everything that is being written about him, but I am not worried too much for him," he added.
"Mourinho is the best coach in the world to deal with this kind of pressure."
One thing is for sure, if Chelsea are going to climb the Premier League table over the coming weeks, then Hazard must step up in west London.
With games against the trio of Aston Villa, West Ham and Stoke City on the horizon, the dynamic forward will be determined to rediscover his best form. There's no reason why the 24-year-old won't prove to be the club's talisman once again in the immediate future.
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