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Mourinho considers Hazard situation closed

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Jose Mourinho addressed the media ahead of this week's Premier League clash against West Bromwich Albion at Stamford Bridge

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho considers the matter with Eden Hazard closed after he dropped the Belgian for their 3-0 Champions League win over Schalke in midweek.

Hazard is back in the squad to face West Bromwich Albion at Stamford Bridge tomorrow and the Chelsea boss was pleased with the way Hazard reacted to the punishment, with the Belgian apologising since.

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Speaking at his pre-match press conference, Mourinho said: ‘It’s a simple story. He went to a foreign country when he shouldn’t go and on top of that he lost his passport which didn’t allow him to be back in training which is obviously not acceptable.’

Mourinho will come against his former assistant manager Steve Clarke for the first time this weekend, and the Chelsea boss said Clarke was more than ready for the main job as manager, saying that he was more than an assistant manager.

He said: ‘He was in control of training methodology, sessions, match preparations so he had a very good experience as assistant manager and when he became manager for the first time he was very well prepared. So for me I knew that he would do very, very well.

I am very happy to meet Steve Clarke again. It will be a difficult game because he organises his teams well. Every game Steve Clarke plays I wish he will win, but tomorrow that is not the case which is strange.’

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The Chelsea boss said it was the first time he was really angry with his players since he returned was last week’s 2-0 defeat to Newcastle at St James’ Park.

‘Against Newcastle I didn’t have a good feeling since the first minute.

‘I don't want to scare the players, I just want to influence their mentality and make them tougher.’

Fernando Torres has been ruled out of this weekend’s game but could return after the international break.

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