Maurizio Sarri has criticised Chelsea talisman Eden Hazard’s leadership qualities, just days after branding his group of players mentally weak.
When it became clear over the summer that Gary Cahill was set to lose the Chelsea captaincy, Eden Hazard was mentioned as one of the frontrunners. He captained Belgium to the semi-finals of the World Cup in Russia – you’d think he’d be qualified.
There was even talk that the club would give Hazard the armband in hope of convincing him to reject advances from Real Madrid and sign a contract extension with Chelsea. Though, it’s unclear whether that would be a motivator for the 28-year-old.
It’s safe to say now, though, that we can safely count Hazard out of the race to become our next captain. While Maurizio Sarri is in charge, it won’t be happening. Sarri essentially confirmed it during his pre-Tottenham presser, as quoted by the Daily Mail:
“At this moment Hazard is more of an individual player. He is very important to us because he’s a great player. He can always win the match in two minutes or one minute.”
|At the moment he is not a leader but a great player – one of the best in the world.”
Hazard is not the mentally strongest player, if he was 2015/16 would never have happened. However, time and time again he’s dragged the team to victory with his talent alone. That’s a lot more than can be said for the rest of the current crop of players.