Former Chelsea defender agrees with Mourinho criticism of Hazard

Eden Hazard Celebrates With Lille

Frank Leboeuf believes that Eden Hazard was at fault for two goals against Atletico Madrid in midweek.

Today has seen Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho reply to apparent criticism by Eden Hazard by giving it right back to the little Belgian wizard.

Hazard appeared to be quite despondent with the lack of attacking philosophy at the club after the defeat to Atletico Madrid in midweek - a game they lost 3-1 and went crashing out of Europe as a consequence.

Hazard struggled throughout the game to track the runs of Atletico right-back Juanfran. The winger convert went on to assist the first and third goals after leaving the Belgian standing after not tracking back.

Mourinho was highly critical of the PFA Young Player of the Year’s performance - stating in his press conference:

"When the comments come from a player like Eden it's normal because he's not the kind of player to sacrifice himself for the team. He's not mentally ready to look to his left-back and leave his life for him. Normally you get these kind of comments from players like him, from players that can't resolve a problem like we had with the first goal. If you see Atletico's first goal, you completely understand where the mistake was and why we conceded that goal."

Harsh, but perhaps fair - at least that is what ex-Chelsea defender Frank Leboeuf thinks - in fact he said a similar thing before Mourinho made his comments today.

The former French international, who played over 200 games for Chelsea between 1996 and 2001, was speaking to French media this week about the game and Hazard’s comments - and believed the attacking midfielder was guilty for two of Atletico’s goals:

"We know that behind the scenes, Hazard complains about the lack of attacking. This semi-final will be a dark spot on his resume. Of course, he returned from injury after four matches. But it is his fault on both goals as he lost the defender from his back. His influence was very weak on the offensive side, we expected so much from him.”

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