Hazard: “I apologized to Mourinho”

Eden Hazard was Chelsea’s standout player last season as Jose Mourinho guided the Blues to the Premier League success.

About nine months later, the Portuguese manager is not at the club anymore, and Hazard is still without a league goal this season. Mourinho was sacked by the West London club in December after a run of nine defeats in 16 games left them struggling just above the relegation zone.

One of the many reasons behind this abysmal run was the unexpected drop in the Belgian’s form. Last year’s Player of the Year struggled to contribute in any way as the Blues’ season went from bad to worse.

Incidentally, the Belgian was nursing a hip injury when the curtains were pulled over Mourinho’s second spell at Stamford Bridge.

In an exclusive interview with the Guardian, the 25-year old admitted that he apologized to Mourinho following his sacking in December. He also acknowledges a feeling of guilt that he harbours towards his team and Mourinho due to his lack of contribution this season.

“I sent him the message to say I was sorry he had gone and … well … just that I was sorry,” says the Belgian. “We’d enjoyed all that success together last season, but, this time, round we hadn’t. I felt a little bit guilty because I’d been player of the year. I’d been one of the most decisive players, and this year I’d performed less well.

“I hadn’t been at the same level. So I sent that text to José, and he came back to me, wishing me all the best for the future. For a team of champions to go through what we have this year even I can’t explain. Things have been better recently, but we’re still not winning games quite as we used to. No one can put his finger on what’s happened at Chelsea.”

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