- Ex-Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho doubted Eden Hazard's goal-scoring ability for Chelsea back in 2014
- The Portuguese manager despite hailing Hazard never saw him as a potential goalscorer
- Four years later, Hazard is now the leading scorer in the English topflight under a new Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri
Chelsea play-maker Eden Hazard may have proved former Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho wrong after showing he can equally be a goalscorer as well as an assists specialist.
According to a givemesport.com report, since the exit of the Portuguese manager from west London, the Belgian has continued to improve on his game
At the last count, Hazard netted Chelsea winning goal in the 2018 FA Cup final, he claimed the Silver Ball during the summer World Cup in Russia and in the 2018-19 season, he is showing he also has a knack for goal scoring.
Currently, the Belgium captain is topping the Premier League topscorers’ chat with seven goals, two ahead of others.
Since the arrival of 59-year-old Maurizio Sarri and the introduction of new style of play at Chelsea, Hazard has continually replicated some of the classical moves on the pitch usually, associated with the likes of Barcelona’s Lionel Messi and Juve’s Cristiano Ronaldo.
Interestingly, the Belgium captain is now seen as one of the selected few to win the prestigious Ballon d'Or in the nearest future.
However, four years ago, Mourinho admitted that the Belgian had the talent, but cast doubts over his goal scoring potentials with his statement.
"Does he have the capacity to reach the level of a Messi or Cristiano? Now I say yes, because his evolution is great," Mourinho noted, even as he was quick to add.
"He has time to become a great, great player and arrive where they are – he's 23, and Cristiano is 28, Messi 26 – so there is space for further evolution, and there's a great ambition in him.
"They are also top goalscorers, of course, and that makes them even more special. Eden is a winger, a pure winger, so I don't think it's possible for Eden to be top scorer in the league.
"That normally affects people's judgment,” Mourinho added.
Surprisingly, Hazard is now showing class in front of goal, in a position the Portuguese tactician never envisaged as he appeared obsessed turning the Belgian into a left winger.
But Sarri employed a different approach to get the needed result.
Currently, the Italian plays Hazard in the same position on paper, but allows him to limit his defensive work by offering his freedom to join attack and it is paying off at the moment.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously had reported that Chelsea playmaker Eden Hazard has admitted it is a tough decision to extend his present contract at Stamford Bridge and has re-echoed that he dreamt about sealing a switch to Real Madrid.
According to a Goal.com report, the Belgium’s Red Devils captain is under pressure to sign a new deal at Chelsea after he was repeatedly linked with the Los Blancos in the summer, Hazard is yet to agree terms with Blues chiefs with less than 24 months left on his current deal.
"Yes, that's why I spoke after the World Cup and I said that I think it is time to change because I played a great World Cup," Hazard told reporters at St Mary's Stadium.
"I am really in the game, I am playing good football at the moment. Real Madrid is the best club in the world. I don't want to lie today."
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