Is this end of the once blossoming relationship between Mourinho and reigning EPL player of the season, Eden Hazard?
With the UEFA Champions League game three at hand, it is unimaginable to think that Chelsea’s best player last season will be omitted from the squad.
To make matters worse, Jose Mourinho has refused to say whether Eden Hazard will return to Chelsea’s starting line-up for Tuesday night’s Champions League Group G clash at Dynamo Kiev when pressed for answers about the playmaker’s fate.
Mourinho was critical of Hazard, the stand-out performer in last season’s Barclays Premier League triumph, after leaving the Belgium winger on the substitutes’ bench for last Saturday’s 2-0 win over Aston Villa.
And the Blues boss declined to reveal if Hazard, who has been told to up his work rate, will start at the NSK Olimpiysky as Chelsea seek to respond from defeat at Porto in their most recent Champions League game.
“If he plays tomorrow I don’t tell you. The players don’t know,” Mourinho said.
Mourinho has left forwards Pedro and Loic Remy behind due to minor injuries, increasing the likelihood Hazard will return to the starting XI.
Asked about Hazard’s response to his comments, Mourinho said: “How did he train? He trained like Eden.”
Some are saying this is Mourinho’s way of motivating his players, while some are of the opinion that things are no longer rosy at the Bridge between the duo. But for whatever reason behind this act, it will be a sad development for Chelsea to lose the talented player to teeming clubs who are craving for the Belgian’s signature.