Mourinho hails Hazard after Chelsea end Man City’s flawless home run
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has hailed Eden Hazard as the best young footballer in the world after the Belgian wonder kid helped undo Manchester City’s perfect record at home in the Premier League.
Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic got the only goal of the game, but it was Hazard who was a constant threat to Manchester City’s defense. The Belgium international continued with his superb form to torment Manuel Pellegrini’s last line over and over again.
Mourinho knows that the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi rank above Hazard, but with the winger has the ability to improve much further and in due to he will challenge the greats in football for the right to be on the top.
Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini will have to agree with Mourinho’s assessment. The Chilean tactician was unable to find a way to silence the winger, who had become a threat from both sides of the pitch.
“I keep saying he has to improve. He needs to have his feet on the ground,” Mourinho said of Hazard. “Ronaldo and Messi are Ronaldo and Messi. Eden Hazard is probably the best young player in the world with legs to go there, but give him time.”
By maintaining a clean sheet and defeating Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium, Chelsea not only became the first team to defeat Manchester City at home but also first team to stop Manchester City from scoring at home since a goalless draw with Birmingham City back in November 2010.
Mourinho reserved special praise for his defensive pair Gary Cahill and John Terry. Mourinho announced that he would have no objections if Terry took back his international retirement and plans to join the England national team for the World Cup this summer.
Terry hung up his boots for England after the Football Association (FA) put a lengthy ban on him for racial abuse. Terry was quite upset of the whole saga. A few weeks after the whole incident, Terry announced his retirement.
In the absence of Terry, England manager Roy Hodgson has teamed up Cahill with Everton center back Phil Jagielka. The duo has performed well, but a better partnership can be expected between Cahill and Terry.
“I think Jagielka did a very good job but John is playing amazingly well,” Mourinho said. “Now it is up to the FA, to Roy and to John. The decision they make is the decision I accept.”