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Hazard questions Chelsea tactics in Champions League defeat

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By Andrew Tuft

Thursday 01 May 2014

Eden Hazard has suggested Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho got it wrong as the Blues bowed out of the Champions League at the semi-final stage with defeat to Atletico Madrid, the Guardian has reported.

Eden Hazard and Jose Mourinho

Chelsea were beaten 3-1 at Stamford Bridge by Atletico, who will now play Real Madrid in the Champions League final later this month. Fernando Torres opened the scoring for Chelsea but Adrian, Diego Costa and Arda Turan replied.

Hazard told French television after the final whistle that Chelsea should have taken the initiative once they went ahead. “After scoring, we had the game in our hands. Maybe they wanted it more than we did,” the Belgium international said.

“It was an intense game, beautiful to watch with opportunities,” Hazard continued. “I'm sad but logic has been respected because they deserved to qualify. Chelsea is not made to play football. We're good on the counter, a little bit like Real against Bayern.

“We did it well tonight since we scored. But their goal hurt us before the break. We failed to make the difference in the second half.”

Hazard added that he felt as if he was ploughing a lone furrow at times, and called for greater support from his teammates. “Often, I'm asked to do it all by myself and it's not easy,” he lamented. “It was a complicated game. It will be a lesson for us regarding next year.”

The defeat means Chelsea can only win the Premier League title this season and are two points behind leaders Liverpool, having beaten the Reds at Anfield last weekend. Manchester City are third, a further point back, but have a game in hand.

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By isaac mary on 01 May 2014 at 23:17

Let him leave if he want go back to France but before he make stupid decision he should think of what chelsea Does in his life because before he came to chelsea he was one in France but why don't Paris see him then, they didn't see him because he was not good enough for psg then why now when chelsea make him top player . If he go today, chelsea will get a best player than him. Afterall he was also in the team with Jose against Madrid but he didn't play good football so who is him to critises Jose or threaten chelsea that he want to leave, pls don't beg him to stay let him make decision about his football career but i can bet this if he go nobody will compare him to any best football and he will never smell world best ballon. Before Ronaldo won world best in Manchester united he work very well but for him he haven't done half of what ..ronald did in England. He want to be a best player without good hard work, he should work for uefa if truly he want champion league. Beside did he have semi final champion league before he came to chelsea i think he should ask himself about what he contribute to chelsea defeat to Madrid. When he got injury chelsea play good d why is he that when then started him the chelsea. Immediately he got injury against psg we won and defeat then with 2, but in first leg he only score penalty, Ronald score more than 30 before he won his first ballon. Then also won Champion league.

By BuckBlack on 01 May 2014 at 17:54

Hazard himself doesn't have a clue how to defend - he was responsible for TWO of the goals conceded. That was the only fault in Mourinho's tactics. Entrusting Hazard with any kind of defensive responsibilities.





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