Mourinho expects more from Belgian starlet.
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has told Belgian starlet Eden Hazard that he must work harder to achieve his true potential, according to the Daily Mail.
The youngster was a big success in his first season in the Premier League, and first earned the reputation as one of the best up-and-coming talents in world football during his time in France with Ligue 1 side Lille.
However, Mourinho is concerned that Hazard is prone to laziness, and has fired a warning that he expects the attacking midfielder to make more of the exceptional natural ability that he has been given.
“I want more responsibility and more ambition,” the Blues boss explained. “When you are a normal player you have to be happy if you perform OK, when you have actions during the game that show quality.
“But when you are a top talent you can’t waste that talent, when somebody gives you that talent. I think at this talent level he is somebody very above us.
“I want to give him that responsibility and ambition, for the kid to be better and better and to express himself on the pitch match after match.”
Hazard scored 13 goals and provided 25 assists in all competitions last season, and has himself previously said he imposes high standards on his own displays, saying he aims to match the goal-scoring feats of La Liga stars Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.
The 22-year-old may be under more pressure to perform this year, however, with the return of talented attacker Kevin De Bruyne from loan, and the new signing of winger Andre Schurrle from Bayer Leverkusen.