Eden Hazard admits that he had texted Jose Mourinho after the Portuguese manager was sacked by Chelsea, as he “felt guilty”.
Mourinho parted company with the club in December, just seven months after winning the Premier League title, after a defeat to Leicester left the title holders languishing in 16th with four wins from 16 league matches.
The relationship between Jose Mourinho and Chelsea’s Eden Hazard was seemingly cracked and was clear for all to see. The 25-year-old was also accused of faking an injury to ‘boycott’ Mourinho and was reduced to a substitute’s role for Jose Mourinho’s last few games in charge of Chelsea.
Eden Hazard has revealed he sent ‘The Special One’ an apology text message for his poor form during the first half of the season.
Speaking in an exclusive interview with The Guardian, the Belgian International revealed how he apologised to his former manager.
“I sent him the message to say I was sorry he had gone and well just that I was sorry.
“We’d enjoyed all that success together last season, but this time round we hadn’t.
“I felt a little bit guilty because I had been player of the year. I had been one of the most decisive players, and this year I had performed less well.
“I hadn’t been at the same level. So I sent that text to Jose and he came back to me, wishing me all the best for the future.
“For a team of champions to go through what we have this year even I can’t explain. Things have been better recently, but we’re still not winning games quite as we used to. No one can put his finger on what’s happened at Chelsea.”
Eden Hazard Admits ‘Premier League is Finished’ and they will have to win Champions League to qualify for the tournament
The prospect of missing out on the Champions League is a nightmare, especially for a player such as Hazard, whose main motive behind the move to Stamford Bridge was their UCL success in Munich.
Eden Hazard believes Chelsea’s best chance of qualifying for next season’s Champions League is by actually winning the tournament this campaign, and thinks it’s too late for the club to challenge for the Premier League.
The Belgian winger told the Guardian: “If we’re not in the Champions League, we’ll not have deserved to be in it. We’ll not have done enough to make the top four.
“You can eat away at 10 or 11 points very quickly, but it’s easier if you still have 30 matches to play. We only have 14 so I think the Premier League is finished.
“So we’ll have to win [the European Cup] to qualify. Why not? Look at 2012. That’s why I always say we have to target the Champions League”
Chelsea will play Paris Saint-Germain, for the third year in succession and Hazard thinks PSG’s domestic dominance provides them edge over Chelsea. Laurent Blanc’s side are 24 points clear at the top of Ligue 1.
“But, because they’ve already nearly won the French title, their only remaining objective is the Champions League. They’re one of the best teams in the world, though Chelsea are on a different level to some of the teams they play in France and our ambition remains to win the Champions League. It will be a tight tie, like it was the last two years.”