Hazard comments on Chelsea tactics shows lack of faith in Mourinho's philosophy
There has been much criticism of Jose Mourinho's tactics over the last eight days. Between his pragmatic approach of playing 10 men behind the ball to the obvious time wasting practices that have been employeed by the Portuguese manager of Chelsea and his players, not all participants are happy about what is going on.
Following the first leg of their UEFA Champions League semi-final against Atletico Madrid, Chelsea players Andre Schurrle and Mark Schwarzer praised the manager's tacitcs that saw them to a 0-0 draw in Madrid.
Again after the Blues victory over Liverpool at the weekend the players from the Chelsea camp were happy with how they played, or how they, "irritated," the other side into submission according to Mourinho's words following last week's opening leg.
However, the third time for something more often than not either is or is not the charm.
Comments from Chelsea star and recently named PFA Young Player of the Year, Eden Hazard following the match, which saw his return from injury to make his appearance, criticized his manager and his team's tactics stating, "Chelsea aren't set up to play football. Chelsea are set up to counter-attack," as quoted by ESPN FC.
Hazard's comment brings to light the possibility that Mourinho could be losing some of the support of his recent adapted philosophy of parking the, "two buses let alone one," as Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers put it.
If anything, Chelsea got caught and conquored by being predictable. For the third game in a row Mourinho set out with the exact same intention; absorb pressure, play as many behind the ball as possible and try to annoy your opposition into making a mistake.
Atletico Madrid may have fallen for it, Liverpool may have fallen for it, but Madrid manager Diego Simeone refused to be caught off guard twice and more than likely had Liverpool to play Chelsea again this week Rodgers would likely make a change in their tactics also.
End of the day, Chelsea are not going to win more than a handful of matches here and there by playing not to lose but not to win at the same time, and Hazard wants to play free flowing attacking football which Chelsea can be very good at and should play with that mindset all year round.