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Mourinho: Hazard is the best young player in the world

4 February 2014 11:09

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has hailed Eden Hazard as the "best young player in the world".

Mourinho was speaking after the Belgian put in a sparkling performance in Monday night's 1-0 win against Manchester City, playing a crucial role in the build-up to Branislav Ivanovic's winning first-half goal.

Hazard, along with fellow midfielder Oscar, has been Chelsea's star performer this season and the Portuguese was effusive in his praise, while warning that the 23-year-old must not get carried away.

"I keep saying he has to improve," he said.

"He needs to have his feet on the ground. (Cristiano) Ronaldo and (Lionel) Messi are Ronaldo and Messi. Eden Hazard is probably the best young player in the world with legs to go there, but give him time."

Chelsea's central defensive partnership of John Terry and Gary Cahill were widely lauded for keeping out a City attack that has scored at will this season, prompting talk that Terry could come out of international retirement to partner his team-mate for England in the FIFA World Cup in the summer.

Mourinho said he would be happy for Terry to change his mind over playing for his country, if he wished to do so.

"I think (Phil) Jagielka did a very good job but John is playing amazing well," he said.

"Now it is up to the FA, to Roy (Hodgson) and to John. The decision they make is the decision I accept."

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Competition
Premier League
Date
3 February 2014
Game week
24
Kick-off
21:00
Half-time
0 - 1
Full-time
0 - 1
Venue
Etihad Stadium (Manchester)
Attendance
47364

Goals

0 - 1

Lineups

# Player Bookings
1
26
24
2 32' 33'
4
28
22 90+2'
7
21 40'
17
29
Coach: José Mourinho

Substitutes

# Player Bookings
35
7
17
22
30
38
64
# Player Bookings
11
12
19
3
8
15
23

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Premier League table

# Team MP D P
1 3 +7 9
2 3 +5 9
3 3 +2 7
4 3 +3 6
5 3 +2 6

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