Jose Mourinho agrees with Mikel Obi about awful Eden Hazard

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Former Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has agreed with John Obi Mike’s assessment of Eden Hazard.

Mikel told The Athletic in March that Hazard was poor in training during his time at the club, even though he was often the best player on the pitch.

Mourinho has now admitted that Mikel was right and labelled Eden Hazard as an awful player in training.

Speaking to talkSPORT, Mourinho said Hazard ‘doesn’t work much’ in training sessions and claimed he would be a much better player if he showed more professionalism in training.

“The truth about Eden Hazard? The truth is what you see from him, he is an amazing player with awful training,” Mourinho said.

“You can only imagine what he could be with a super professional attitude in training.

“In the end, he is an amazing kid, he is an incredible family man, he looks like he doesn’t belong to this generation of players, he’s very quiet and is totally focused on family, on kids, on parents, on a very quiet life.

“But he gets onto the pitch every morning and… he doesn’t work much. When he gets onto the pitch you don’t see the reflection of a week of work, you just see a reflection of his talent.

“He is this amazing player and you can imagine if he was a top professional. When he went to Real Madrid I thought ‘wow, this guy is going to the biggest club in the world and is going to feel this huge pressure to be always at the top, this guy is going to win the Golden Ball, because he is amazing’.

“But in terms of his fitness, his speed, his condition, he would be a much better player [if he trained properly]. What you see is just the talent that got Eden to where he is.

“He gets on the pitch every morning and he doesn’t work much. You can imagine what he could be if he was a top professional.”

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