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Chelsea winger Eden Hazard has admitted for the first time that he may be a bit tired after having played almost 50 games for club and country this season.
The wizard was substituted after just 60 minutes in Belgium’s Euro 2016 qualifying match against Israel. A 1-0 win for Belgium continued their impressive form in the qualification campaign, but Hazard did not played the full 90 minutes. The 24-year-old was visibly displeased with his manager, but he later admitted that Marc Wilmots may have correctly found out that he is no longer fresh.
Jose Mourinho and Hazard share a great relationship and the 24-year-old has been a virtual untouchable in the Chelsea starting line-up. He has played in every match of the Premier League this season. Even though he has been playing a lot of games, his figures have improved year-on-year. This season, he has scored 16 goals and contributed eight assists in 36 matches. He is on course to bettering his goal tally from last season after he has managed three goals in his last four appearances.Hazard is not expected to be rested by Mourinho for the weekend’s match against Stoke City at Stamford Bridge. The Belgian winger is an extremely important player for Chelsea in the title race.
Chelsea boss José Mourinho says that star winger Eden Hazard should receive more protection from the officials after witnessing his player become the most fouled player in Champions League and Premier League so far.
Hazard is spoken of as someone who can reach great heights in the next few years. The 24-year-old was incessantly fouled in the recent Champions League match against Paris St Germain. There were an astonishing nine fouls on the Belgian international from six different players. Yet, only the duo of Gregory van der Wiel and Marco Verratti were booked by the referee.
Pointing out this aspect, Mourinho says that players likeHazard, who are extremely skilled, should be protected by the referee. Like in several matches, Hazard completed the 90 minutes of action. Chelsea, as a team, were kept relatively quiet on the attack in front and it was defender Branislav Ivanovic who popped up with the decisive away goal. Chelsea were pegged back by the goals from Edinson Cavani, but they will be the happier of the two ahead of the second leg at Stamford Bridge on March 12. Mourinho later admitted that Chelsea were lucky to get back with a draw after their goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois was forced to make several saves.