Published: Sun, October 21, 2018
Entertaiment | By Minnie Bishop

Mourinho believes Hazard is the key for Chelsea’s title challenge

Mourinho believes Hazard is the key for Chelsea’s title challenge

He bowed his head in disappointment as Barkley scored in the dying seconds after a goalmouth scramble, but then reacted angrily as Chelsea technical assistant Marco Ianni celebrated in front of him before then pumping his fists in Mourinho's direction again.

"We were the best team on the pitch", Mourinho said. "We are at the top of the league, we are scoring goals at the moment and we are winning games so now after the global break we want to do the same on Saturday against Man United". He was seen to be running down the sideline to celebrate the goal, which obviously wouldn't have gone down well in the eyes of Mourinho. Security from both sides pushed their way in and at one point Mourinho was temporarily immobilised by the bear-hug of one of Chelsea's biggest matchday stewards.

United had looked set to claim their first Premier League win at Chelsea since 2012 after Anthony Martial struck twice in the second half following Antonio Rudiger's 21st-minute opener.

"If I answer to your question, I probably have another process, so my answer is "no answer", he said.

Mourinho enjoyed two separate and largely successful spells at Chelsea, winning three Premier League titles - in '04/05, '05/06 and '14/15 - before leaving in acrimonious circumstances at the end of his second stint. I don't think so. "We were in the wrong on the situation". When one reporter stated that Real Madrid's chief had been quoted as saying that Hazard had been kept "like a slave", Sarri just laughed and responded: "I don't know what to say". So of course, I have to speak [to him].

"(It was) not celebrations, but bad education.

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'Maurizio saw and Maurizio said he would take care of it internally and to accept his apologies which I did. After that his assistant come to me in Sarri's office and apologised to me. It may fall to the club's hierarchy to make the call rather than Sarri himself.

Much of the criticism aimed at Mourinho this season has centred around his failure to get the best out of several of his leading players, as well as the team's overall style of play. "Even after the equaliser, remembering that moment, we hugged like two old friends".

"Chelsea is led by intelligent and experienced people in football and they would never sell Eden to Man United".

"I want to do well for my team, players, the supporters - I am 100 per cent United tomorrow, and no more than respect for the stadium and the fans", Mourinho added.

"It's an important contract for the club to keep him, and important for him because it's what he wants, and I always want the players to be happy".

"I think he is a very good coach", said Sarri.

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