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Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho believes midfielder Eden Hazard must learn to sacrifice himself more for the team, reports Martin Lipton of the Daily Mirror.
The Belgium international appeared to criticise the Blues' tactics after the midweek Champions League defeat to Atletico Madrid, but the player claimed his words were taken out of context, notes Lipton.
Mourinho played down Hazard's words, but he is looking for the midfielder to battle more for his team-mates.
The Stamford Bridge boss is quoted as saying:
As far as I am concerned, he was reported as being critical, but there was nothing critical in what he said. It's the same type of words he said in relation to the Belgium side a few weeks ago. There is nothing there.
But normally you get this kind of comment from players like him: from players who can't resolve a problem like we had with the first goal.
Against Atletico in Madrid, Willian played on the left side and Ashley Cole was protected all game. Against Liverpool, Schurrle played on the left and a dangerous player like Glen Johnson was completely under control.
Eden is the kind of player who is not so mentally ready to look back at his left-back and lay down his life for him.
If you see Atletico's first goal, you understand where the mistake was and why we conceded that goal.
That doesn't mean I want him to change. I just say the perfect team at the top level cannot make this kind of mistake.
When the comments come from a player like Eden, it's normal. He's not the kind of player who is ready to sacrifice himself 100 per cent for the team and his mates.
But at the same time, the comments were not critical. I'm not happy when a player doesn't sacrifice himself and I've spoken all season and I've tried to improve him.