Jose Mourinho has complained that his players need more protection from referees…
Chelsea ace Eden Hazard has warned Tottenham that kicking him will not stop him from making a difference in the Capital One Cup on Sunday, reports the London Evening Standard.
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Manager Jose Mourinho has recently called for referees to protect his star winger more than they currently do.
The Belgian is the Premier League’s most fouled player, but he doesn’t mind the extra attention. It has been inferred by some that the 24-year-old is targeted by opposition teams to be fouled.
Hazard said: “Since I started football, defenders have always tried to kick me. I can cope with that, as long as the tackles don’t kill me. This is football. Sometimes I try to keep going but I can’t — the fouls are too hard and I have to go on the floor.”
He added: “But I don’t think things have gone too far. If I create a lot, I can get fouls for free-kicks and penalties, so sometimes [being fouled] it’s good. I always just want to score or make an assist, to make good things for the team.”
Spurs play the Blues at Wembley in the cup final, and will have to find some way of nullifying Hazard if they want to come away with the trophy. Even if the Belgian is stopped, other Stamford Bridge stars such as Diego Costa or Cesc Fabregas could make a major difference.