Hazard questions Chelsea tactics in Champions League defeat

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.

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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