Hazard Wants To Work With Jose Mourinho Again, Hopes Lukaku Loses Form Before Saturday

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The Belgian ace midfielder has a strained relationship with the current Manchester United coach but Hazard insists he would love to work with Jose Mourinho again.

Hazard is set to come up against Mourinho on Saturday when Chelsea takes on Manchester United on Stamford Bridge and while he will be going for the win, he has revealed that he will love to work with Mourinho again.

Hazard played under Mourinho between 2013 and 2015, winning the Premier League in 2014-2015 season before the pair fell out in 2015, Mourinho’s third season in his second stint at Chelsea

“The last season under Mourinho was not pleasant anymore,” he told Belgian newspaper HLN.

“We didn’t win, we got into a sort of routine – training, training without having fun, it was better for all parties that the collaboration came to an end.

“If I’m now asked one coach with whom I want to work again, then I say: Mourinho.”

Hazard concedes that Mourinho is quick to turn on his players if results are not going his way, but insists that when his sides are winning there is no better coach.

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“If the results are poor, he starts criticising his players – you know that, but afterwards I’ve been able to accept that, it’s part of his character,” he added.

“If you win, Mourinho is the best coach you can imagine. Then he is a friend of yours – you can do whatever you want. Want one day off? He gives you two. If everything goes well, Mourinho will experience football like me: with ease.

“Even his own image of an extremely defensive coach was not too bad. He is far from adventurous like [Pep] Guardiola, but the year in which we became champions, we scored a lot of goals and played good games.

He did admit that part of Mourinho’s dismissal was his fault

The 27-year-old said: “In 12 years I’ve only had one bad season, the last 6 months under Mourinho and it was partly my own fault.

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“After the title, we asked Mourinho for extra holidays. I came back totally out of shape.

“The last season under Mourinho was not enjoyable. We didn’t win, we got into a sort of routine, training without having fun, it was better for all parties that we parted ways.

“But if I’m asked now about one coach with whom I want to work again, I would say Mourinho.

“I sent him a message to say I was sorry he had gone and that I was sorry. We’d enjoyed all that success together, but this time we hadn’t.

“I felt a little bit guilty because I’d been player of the year. I’d been one of the most decisive players, and then I performed less.

“I do not regret many things in my career, but that I have not been able to work with Mourinho at Chelsea anymore [is one].

“We had a team to get a lot of prizes, but we just ended up in a negative spiral.”

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Hazard also joked that he hopes Lukaku who scored two for Belgium loses form before Chelsea meets Manchester United.

“It’s not a good sign that Romelu scored tonight, because I’m playing against him with Chelsea very soon,” Hazard told RTL.

“If he scores with Belgium it’s fine, but it would be a good thing if he does not with Manchester United.”

Roberto Martinez though was more thankful for the forward’s form

“Romelu is a sensational goalscorer, his stats speak for themselves,” Martinez said.

“What he has been doing on the international level in the last two years says enough. He is one of the best-performing goalscorers today.

“This win is very satisfying because it was a difficult match against Switzerland, who wanted to play.

“Of course we can play better football but must also be able to find solutions in this kind of game.”