Date:Sunday July 28 2013
The acquisition of Eden Hazard, last summer, saw Chelsea beat off a host of other clubs to land the exciting Belgian player.
Last August, when the new season started, Hazard started his Chelsea career like a house on fire, displaying an array of skills that looked as if he`d go on to become the star of the season.
But the Belgian faded and only raised his game to the level he displayed in those opening games towards the back end of the season.
In between there was that infamous squabble with the Welsh ball-boy, down at Swansea, and a few niggling injuries.
But, as the new season approaches, Jose Mourinho has challenged the young Belgian to raise his game to the next level to establish himself as a top class operative, with Mourinho remarking,
"I think the kid has a lot of talent, as everybody knows, but he has to go to the next stage."
"Football is about numbers. He has to transform his great talent into great numbers: how many goals, how many assists, how many winning goals, how many goals in big matches?"
"I`m ready to help him, I`m ready to work with him. And he must be ready too. He has to listen."
"I always say to these creative players that, if you have more talent than some of the others, you have to do more than the others."
"If you have this ability, you have got to use it. Go to score, go to produce, not to have fun or humiliate the opponent, or put the ball through their legs. Football is not about that."
"It is about being respectful and having objectives. With me, his objectives will be to get the ball from other players and try to dribble past one or two players, to go in the direction of the area. He will have freedom, but he will have objectives."
Will Hazard rise to that challenge? He certainly has the skills to and with Mourinho`s legendary man-management techniques, we see no reason why Hazard can`t make a significant impact this season, how about you?
Date:Sunday July 28 2013
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