Mourinho asks Hazard to become the new Lampard at Chelsea
Jose Mourinho believes Chelsea winger Eden Hazard should learn from the club’s living midfield legend Eden Hazard. Mourinho told Yahoo Sport that Hazard would do well if he follows the veteran English attacking midfielder, who has been at the heart of Chelsea’s success for many years.
The Stamford Bridge boss suggested that Hazard had great examples and teachers at Chelsea. Mourinho believes the Belgian winger should not seek inspiration from outside of Chelsea ranks whilst the club can provide with world class teachers and players.
“I think Eden has great examples to follow at Chelsea,” Mourinho said. “He doesn't need to look outside the club to find the best examples to follow. We have Frank Lampard who is 35 and is, of course, at the end of his career. There is no better example of a professional player than him for Eden and everyone else.”
The 23-year-old Belgium international has been one of the most exciting talents in the Premier League for the past couple of seasons. This season, Hazard has once again captured the eyes of many admirers and won over many hearts with his superb form.
The former Lille midfielder has been the cornerstone to Chelsea’s success this season. Chelsea are the current Premier League leaders, but the London club is still far from picking up its first league title since the 2009-10 season.
Chelsea’s main rivals in the title hunt will be Manchester City. Manuel Pellegrini’s side is only three points away from Chelsea, but two games in hand means Manchester City have the potential to go three points ahead of the Blues.
Intense competition from Liverpool and Arsenal for the Premier League title will be present as well. Mourinho believes the Premier League has become much more intense that it used to be. With only seven games remaining in the season, there are still four teams competing for the title.
“The Premier League is a very difficult league,” Mourinho said. “It's very different to how it was in the past. I don't remember a season in which four teams were still in contention for the title with seven games left.
“It's difficult for everyone, not just Manchester United. As the reigning champions, they were among the favorites but they're out of contention now. That can happen to any team as it's very tough.”