Perhaps Chelseaa s brightest player, Eden Hazard was rewarded with a new five and a half-year contract that saw him become one of the best paid players not only at his club, but in the Premier League as a whole. The contract, however, came with its set of expectations from his manager a Jose Mourinho.
The self proclaimed a special onea wants to the Belgian to score goals like Mourinhoa s compatriot Cristiano Ronaldo. Ronaldo, who worked under Mourinho at Real Madrid, has been in splendid form, especially over the last two years, winning the Ballon da Or for two seasons in a row now.
In the ongoing season, the Portuguese has scored 28 goals in just 20 games for Los Blancos. Compared to Ronaldo, Hazarda s record of nine goals in 25 appearances looks ordinary.
Mourinho, however, believes that Hazard can be just as devastating. The Belgian revealed the same, to the Daily Mail.
“Jose Mourinho would like for me to score more. Us forwards need to score and to pass. But I think I compensate for that given how many chances I create.
“I’m fouled a lot, there are a lot of free-kicks and penalties that I win. But he’d like me to score more, like those great players [Messi and Ronaldo] who score two or three times each game.
“What strikes me the most is that Mourinho leaves us to it. He doesn’t put much pressure on us, he takes it on him and he lets us play.
“Obviously when we don’t win he’s not happy and you can see it during the week in training, but he doesn’t do our heads in saying ‘No, do this, do that’ every second.
“He lets us express ourselves on the pitch, he observes and from time to time he sees that we need a little push, so he says something honestly, whether ita s good or not good.
“Everyone respects him, he’s won everything and he still wants to win.”
Chelsea take on Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League last 16 on Tuesday.
Chelsea are the runaway leaders in the Premier League, but must now worry about the Champions League knockout stages. First up, ita s big spending French giants Paris Saint-Germain who came to within minutes of upsetting the Blues last year.
The Parisians put in a top performance at the Parc des Princes, taking a 3-1 lead to Stamford Bridge for the second leg. Yet, they lined up defensively in London, conceding two goals and going out on away goals.