Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has warned Eden Hazard that he will remain sidelined if he doesn't put the team before personal glory. The Belgian attacker was left on the bench and came on just for the final ten minutes during the Blues' 2-0 win over relegation battlers Aston Villa at Stamford Bridge on Saturday (17 October).
The reigning Premier League champions have had a poor start to the 2015/16 campaign and are currently in the 11th place, ten points behind league leaders Manchester City. They have already lost one game more than they lost in the entire last season. This has prompted the Portuguese manager to change his normal philosophy and resort to making constant changes to his starting XI.
John Terry, who had played every game under Mourinho in the Premier League until this season, has been left on the bench on more than one occasion during this campaign, with the Portuguese manager preferring the pace of Kurt Zouma over the experience of the Englishman. The visit of Villa saw Hazard, who has been Chelsea's best player in recent seasons drop to the bench, and despite the former Real Madrid boss indicating that it was tactical. He later made it clear that the former Lille midfielder has to adapt to their style and help out in defence as well.
"I left out Hazard because are conceding lots of goals. It was a tactical decision. We needed midfield players to be concerned with being solid," Mourinho is quoted as saying by the Mirror.
"I continue that way [leaving Hazard out] or he comes in our direction, and tries to play that way. I told players this is not the moment to think about personal situation, or moan, to be selfish. This is a moment for the team. I asked them to look at the picture in a different way. I have to try bring results back," the Portuguese manager added.