Subtlety of Mourinho’s man-management revealed in Hazard’s single statement

Chelsea midfielder Eden Hazard has been speaking about his manager Jose Mourinho.

Jose Mourinho may have only been back at Stamford Bridge since the summer, but in truth it feels like he has never been away.

He settled into the Chelsea hot-seat and almost immediately set about turning the team he inherited into a collective that would ultimately lift the Premier League trophy.

Not could lift it, because any number of clubs could do something. Mourinho’s job was to ensure Chelsea won the title again. And as much as he has attempted to put the pressure of a title-charge on his rivals, you know, he knows, we all know, that what the Portuguese boss craves most is that trophy.

And now Chelsea’s star of the season – Eden Hazard – has given a slight insight into Mourinho’s managerial style.

In an interview with UEFA’s official website, the Belgian said, “When a person (like Mourinho) says good things about you, wants the best out of you, it’s always a good thing.

“It is up to me to work hard in order to reach the best possible level, and that can be through training and games.

“He lets people do their own thing. He gives a lot of confidence to his players. He motivates us with small statements, small sentences in the newspapers or face to face. I think I am giving that back to him on the pitch.

There was one line that really stood out in that interview – “He motivates us with small statements.”

It is not often that something mildly poetic comes out of an interview with a footballer but it did on this occasion. And yet it also showed the subtlety of Mourinho’s man-management.

There is no bombast, just minute motivations that together form a team-ethic and a belief that often proves unbeatable.

That is why Chelsea fans were so desperate to have him back. And you sense that with the players at his disposal - and an almost inevitable summer spending spree that will see that much-needed striker arrive - he may even make his second spell in London more succesful than his first.

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