The manager thinks the Belgian is being targeted.
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho claims that Eden Hazard will leave the Premier League unless the attacking midfielder gets more protection from referees.
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Following the 5-3 defeat to Tottenham Hotspur in the Premier League on Thursday the 51-year-old unleashed an angry rant at Phil Dowd and officials in general.
Mourinho thinks Hazard in particular is being targeted by opponents for bad treatment and although says the 23-year-old admitted the tackle on him by Federico Fazio that got the Blues boss so worked up was legitimate, the Portuguese coach has still claimed foul play.
“There is an action on Eden Hazard which Hazard, honest as always, tells me in his opinion was not a foul or a red card,” the former Real Madrid boss was quoted by the Telegraph.
“So that is good, in spite of the fact Mr Dowd was too slow to follow that ball. He was 40 yards away, but made the right decision. The decision he was 10m away (Vertonghen’s handball) he couldn’t make.
“The way match to match he’s being punished by opponents and not protected by referees, maybe one day we won’t have Eden Hazard.
“It’s one, two, three, four, five, 10 aggressive fouls against him. They kick and kick and kick, and the kid resists. He’s a very honest guy in the way he plays, but that’s another problem.”