Jose Mourinho has said that he won’t be judging Chelsea star Eden Hazard by the standards of a ‘normal player’ as he’s a top talent that should be at the top of his game on a consistent basis.
The Portuguese manager seems genuinely excited by the Beglian’s potential and told the press today that he will do everything to push him toward fulfilling his potential, and you wouldn’t bet against him doing it.
Hazard enjoyed a good debut season with the Blues and was one of the shining lights of the last season with 13 goals and 25 assists, but we know he has more to offer and he’s been tipped for the top by fans and pundits alike.
It would seem as though Mourinho has made his expectations of the 22-year-old clear and revealed that the player is working hard in order to do whatever he can to add more to his game.
“I want more responsibility and more ambition.
“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. Don’t be up and down but to always be at the top of his game because he has the conditions to be a top player.
“This is what I want, whether I can get it I don’t know but he is working very, very hard. I’m very happy with the kid.”
Meanwhile, Mourinho also said that extending Frank Lampard’s stay for an extra year is one of the best pieces of business they have done this summer and that he has both a plan ‘B’ and ‘C’ should he fail to sign Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney before the close of the transfer window in September.
Juan Mata says that he is ready to get back into action following a minor muscle injury sustained during the US leg of Chelsea’s pre season tour. David Luiz won’t be fit for the Aston Villa game but may be back in time to play Manchester United on Monday evening.