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Mourinho mind games helping Hazard to become a ´killer´

31 December 2013 09:46

Eden Hazard feels that Jose Mourinho's mind games are helping him to become a "killer" in big matches for Chelsea.

The Belgian netted the leveller against Liverpool on Sunday as Chelsea went on to claim a 2-1 win that reasserts their Premier League title claims.

Hazard was instrumental in the victory - secured when Samuel Eto'o tapped home Oscar's pass - and he credits manager Jose Mourinho's "mind games" for the impressive form that has seen him net eight times in the top flight so far this term.

"I score more goals now and I assist more," he told The Telegraph. "I can play an average game and score two times. But I can also play a top game without contributing.

"I am a perfectionist, but I'm not a killer yet. I'm working on it.

"I think Jose Mourinho likes me. He's sometimes provocative, he loves to play mind games. He launches things to motivate players in a positive way.

"What people don't know is that he's close to his players.

"He leaves me alone, lets me work and when he has something to say, he tells you to your face but always with a friendly pat on the back. He's a top coach, a great personality."

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2 - 1

Competition
Premier League
Date
29 December 2013
Game week
19
Kick-off
17:00
Half-time
2 - 1
Full-time
2 - 1
Venue
Stamford Bridge (London)
Attendance
41614

Goals

0 - 1
E. Hazard 17'  
1 - 1
S. Eto'o 34'
(assist by Oscar) 
2 - 1

Lineups

# Player Bookings
1
26 47'
24 79'
2
4 50'
28
8
22
17 17'
11 90+4'
29 34'
Coach: José Mourinho

Substitutes

# Player Bookings
3
12
9
5
14
23
10
# Player Bookings
44
9
4
1
6
20
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Premier League table

# Team MP D P
1 16 +23 39
2 17 +22 39
3 17 +12 32
4 17 +10 31
5 17 +15 29

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