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Jose Mourinho denies he dropped Eden Hazard against Norwich due to his comments

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7.32K   //    05 May 2014, 19:15 IST
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Jose Mourinho denies he benched Eden Hazard because of his comments

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has denied suggestions that he dropped Eden Hazard for the home game against Norwich because of his previous comments.

Hazard criticised Mourinho’s approach and Chelsea’s overall over-reliance on his ability after they were knocked out at the hands of Atletico Madrid in the Champions League semi final.

“Chelsea aren’t set up to play football,” Hazard told beIN SPORTS last week. “Chelsea are set up to counterattack,” he continued.

However, Mourinho insists that Hazard’s absence from the team was in order to accommodate the inclusion of Andre Schurrle and Mohamed Salah who had performed brilliantly in the Blues previous game, a 2-0 win over Liverpool at Anfield.

Speaking to Sky Sports, Mourinho said when asked about dropping Hazard: “To make some justice and give [Andre] Schurrle and Mohamed Salah the chance to play again because against Liverpool they were fantastic in their commitment and their effort.”

According to reports, the clash between the two has seen Manchester United and Manchester City step up their efforts in prising the Belgium international away from Stamford Bridge.

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