Following critical comments regarding the way the team is built by Belgian superstar Eden Hazard, the Portuguese manager hit back at the PFA's Young Player of the Year.
As shared by Het Laatste Nieuws' Kristof Terreur, Hazard had claimed his team weren't made to play football:
The Sun shared Mourinho's response on Friday, calling Hazard the type of player who wouldn't sacrifice himself for his team:
Hazard was caught out of position for Atletico Madrid's equalising goal during Chelsea's midweek loss in the UEFA Champions League semi-final, and Mourinho wasn't reluctant to remind his star winger of this fact, via ESPN's Miguel Delaney:
According to Mourinho, his team had no issues when Willian played on the left side during Chelsea's first-leg trip to Madrid, or when Andre Schurrle did the same job against Liverpool, further highlighting Hazard's defensive limitations:
However, per Chelsea's official Twitter account, Mourinho also informed reporters the actual interview with Hazard was taken out of context:
Mourinho didn't end there, as reporters asked him about a perceived trophy drought. The manager reminded the journalists assembled he won silverware with Real Madrid just last year:
He then looked back on some of the things he achieved in the past and told reporters they were holding him to a different standard based on his successes in the past:
Delaney thought perhaps Mourinho's speech on Chelsea's lack of trophies was a little too good not to be prepared:
The Chelsea manager was in talkative mood throughout much of the pre-match presser, but per the team's Twitter account, Mourinho thought it was only normal for him to still be upset following his team's elimination from the Champions League just two days ago:
When asked about the upcoming transfer window, Mourinho claimed his club would not be very active on that front, apart from some "critical signings," indicating the team could still be looking into top strikers, such as Diego Costa:
Via The Sun and Chelsea's Twitter account, Mourinho refused to look back on the season as somewhat of a failure, calling it a transitional season:
When asked about the title race, the Chelsea boss remained rather vague:
As one of the most successful coaches of the last decade, any season without trophies will lead to questions from media and fans alike, but as the man himself stated, a top-three finish in the Premier League and a Champions League semi-final is nothing to scoff at.
The summer transfer window will give Chelsea a chance to bring in some extra talent where needed, particularly upfront, and the team will no doubt be ready to make another push for a title next season.
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