Eden Hazard hits out at Jose Mourinho tactics after Champions League exit
Chelsea beaten 3-1 by Atletico Madrid at Stamford Bridge, with Blues taking the lead before conceding three goals
May 1st, 2014
Fernando Torres put Chelsea in front on Wednesday night, although Atletico Madrid demonstrated why they are top of the Spanish league this season by scoring three times against a normally rock-solid defence.
It was a bitter blow for the Blues who saw John Terry come close to scoring with a header, only to be denied by Thibaut Courtois, a goalkeeper who is currently on loan at Atletico from Chelsea.
However, Atletico were worthy winners and Eden Hazard couldn’t hide his frustration after the final whistle, claiming that his team aren’t set up to play football.
While Mourinho’s tactics were spot on when it came to claiming a 2-0 win at Anfield on Sunday, it was a different story when trying to take the initiative against a Madrid side coursing with belief.
“Chelsea aren’t set up to play football,” Belgian Hazard told beIN SPORTS’ French station.
“Chelsea are set up to counter-attack – a little bit like Real against Bayern.
‘I don’t know what we lacked. After scoring, we had the game in our hands. Maybe they wanted it more than we did.”
Hazard might incur the wrath of Mourinho for these comments, with the Belgian among the most creative players in the squad, although the midfielder has just returned from injury and wasn’t able to make the desired impact.