Playmaker was one of the standout performers in the Premier League in the previous campaign.
Chelsea playmaker Eden Hazard has revealed that head coach Jose Mourinho was right to criticise him for his work-rate earlier this season, according to reports in the Daily Mail.
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The brilliant Belgium international has just enjoyed a wonderful campaign on the wing for the west London club, with Hazard being voted as the PFA Young Player of the Year on the back of his eye-catching displays for the Blues last time out.
Hazard, 23, managed to register an impressive 14 goals and nine assists in total in his 35 Premier League outings for the Blues, however, in despite of those outstanding attacking numbers from the winger last season, the self-styled Special One was still highly critical of his star man towards the end of the campaign, with the Portuguese claiming that the player did not “sacrifice” himself enough for the team cause.
However, speaking in an interview with the club’s official magazine, Hazard has now responded to those claims, saying: “It’s true and it’s good. I prefer it when we speak like this, rather than saying things like: ‘He’s the best and he doesn’t need to work’.
“I know maybe I have to do better in training or on the pitch. I want to score more and help the team score more goals and next season I hope we can be better.
“I try to play like I did when I was a young boy playing in my garden. Sometimes it’s good, sometimes it’s not so good but I try to always make sure I give my best to help the team, even if I am not having the best game myself.
“When you are young, you sometimes play one good game and then one bad game. This season I was able to be more consistent which is good for me.
“This season we didn’t win any trophies but we were back in the Champions League. For a young player like me it is good to play for a club that can get to the semi-finals, because one of the reasons I play football is for these big games.
“This season was an ‘almost’ season – almost getting to the Champions League final, almost champions in the Premier League. Next season, with this team, we can win the Premier League and maybe the Champions League.
“Individually I am very happy because I can play in every game, I can be on the pitch and do what I like to do, which is play football. It was a good season for me but, as the boss says, we finished third and I hope next season we finish first. I always want to score more goals and improve, that is a big objective.”