Jose Mourinho is happy with Eden Hazard's response to being dropped

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Chelsea's poor start to the Premier League season has coincided with the dip in form of 2015 PFA Player of the Year Eden Hazard.

The Belgian star has been a shadow of his former self so far this campaign, as the Blues have struggled for consistent form.

It appeared his relationship with under-pressure boss Jose Mourinho was becoming strained after the Portuguese dropped Hazard for the home fixture against Aston Villa.


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Reports even suggested the former Lille winger was growing tired of life in west London under the ex-Real Madrid manager.

Injury to Pedro has brought Hazard back into the starting line-up and, despite missing the crucial penalty in the shootout loss to Stoke City in the Capital One Cup, Mourinho says he is happy with the way the 24-year-old has responded.

As per the Daily Mail, he said: "He tried everything in the last game, he had a positive game, played for two hours. I am pleased with his performance.

"I am happy with his performance against Stoke, I was happy with his performance against Dynamo Kiev. 

"Before that, he was on the bench for a couple of matches because I was not happy and I felt it was the best thing for him. But I'm happy with his positive reaction to that."

There is no doubting Hazard is the most talented player at Stamford Bridge; his performances last season were the catalyst for Chelsea's charge to the Premier League title. 

He has not been the only Blues player to struggle this season, but his lack of goals has been extremely alarming.

With reports suggesting Mourinho could face the chop if Chelsea fail to beat Liverpool, the three-time Premier League winning manager will be hoping his Belgian superstar can rediscover his best form.

Otherwise, it could be curtains for the Special One.

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