The Chelsea manager claims
the reason behind starting the
Belgium international on the
bench against Aston Villa was
to improve his side’s stability
Jose Mourinho claims that
Chelsea’s defensive record
was the reason behind
dropping Eden Hazard for
Saturday’s 2-0 win over Aston
Villa.

After a run of 47 starts in the
Premier League, the Belgium
international was surprisingly
named as a substitute, while
Diego Costa’s strike and Alan
Hutton’s own goal sealed the
victory for the champions at
Stamford Bridge.

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“I left Hazard out because we
have been conceding too
many goals. We needed more
stability and effort to help
make the team more solid,”
said Mourinho.

“I like quality, but when you
don’t have the ball you don’t
have quality. And you don’t
have control.

“It was a tactical decision I felt
we had to make and I told the
players that this was not the
time to be selfish and think
only of themselves and be
selfish. This has to be a
moment for the team and
nothing else.

“I want them to look at the
bigger picture to get the
results we need back. Once
we have done thast we can
then go back to what we
were before.

“When the confidence is a bit
low as it has been the quality
goes down also. This was not
a brilliant performance today,
but it was a solid one. We
sought more stability and
control and we got it.”

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