Eden Hazard joined Chelsea in 2012, shortly after the Blues won the Champions League, and the Belgian has gone on to win two Premier League titles after that, and he has developed to become one of the best players in the world.
In his six-plus years at Chelsea, Hazard has been managed by a lot of managers, both on interim and permanent basis. Starting out with Roberto Di Matteo, Rafa Benitez, Jose Mourinho, Guus Hiddink, Antonio Conte and now Maurizio Sarri.
Hazard also had Rudi Garcia as his manager in Lille, whom he won the French title with as well as back to back Ligue One Player of the Year, and Hazard has revealed that Mourinho was a special manager for him.
He told the Chelsea Magazine: “From when I started with Claude Puel at Lille, to now with Maurizio Sarri. They all see football in different ways which is why I’m the player I am. They have all given me important advice.
“Jose Mourinho was special, but the way Sarri and Garcia like to play is more like my philosophy of football, but they’ve all given me a lot.”
Speaking about the first Premier League title before won under Mourinho, Hazard said: “It was the perfect season, with collective trophies and individual trophies. It was brilliant. Didier Drogba came back to Chelsea to help us, we won a lot of games, we won the League Cup and we scored a lot of goals. We really enjoyed ourselves and that’s why we were champions.”Hazard told Chelsea Magazine:
Hazard also revealed that he enjoyed winning the league two years later under Antonio Conte.
He said: “The feeling was the same but the way we won it was fantastic because at the start of the season we had some problems. We lost against Arsenal and Liverpool and then completely changed the system.
“We went on an unbelievable run of winning games and at the end of the season you’re just happy to win. For the manager, Antonio Conte, it was special to win the title in his first season.”
At the end of the season, Hazard would have played for Chelsea for seven years, and many believe that the 28-year-old may move to Real Madrid this summer – a club he has never hidden his desire to play for.
Hazard has been Chelsea’s best player this season, but following the humiliating 6-0 defeat to Manchester City, Liverpool legend and Sky Sports pundit Jamie Carragher names the Belgian as part of the players who can’t play Sarri-ball, insisting that they are too old to press teams aggressively from the front.
“There was talk yesterday [Sunday] at the start of the game that Sarri wanted to press high and be aggressive,” Carragher said.
“That’s part of this ‘Sarri-ball’, he presses from the front.
“There’s nothing wrong with that, almost all the top teams in world football do that now.
“[But] he hasn’t got the players to do it.
“His front three, he’s got Hazard who’s 28, you’ve got [Olivier] Giroud over 30, Pedro’s over 30, Willian’s over 30, [Gonzalo] Higuain’s 31.
“They can’t do it.”