Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.


Hazard welcomed back by Chelsea after Lille trip

08 November 2013, 16:56

London - Jose Mourinho insists Eden Hazard will be welcomed back into his Chelsea squad to face West Bromwich Albion after punishing the midfielder for missing training this week.

But while Mourinho admits he took a risk in dropping Hazard, he insists he was forced to act to maintain discipline within his squad.

Hazard was left out of the squad to face Schalke on Wednesday after the player lost his passport on an unauthorised trip to watch former club Lille.

That meant the Belgian failed to return in time for training on Monday morning - and led to the manager taking action.

Mourinho said on Friday: "It was a simple story. He went to foreign country when he shouldn't have and then lost his passport which meant he couldn't get back for training,. That was unacceptable but it's over.

"I think he has reacted well because he apologised to me and to the club. Of course apology not accepted because was something I couldn't accept.

"But it's over. Now it's something that doesn't exist any more. He's selected and ready to play. I believe he has appetite to play because he loves to play and I didn't allow him to play. He's happy he's back.

"You have to assume was a bit of a risk not to select him for the last match, in pure football terms, because he could've helped us win an important match.

"But sometimes as a manager you have to take risks if you feel the consequences for the group are very important and this was an important decision.

"It was a normal decision but there will be no more consequences. The consequence was not to play, which is worst thing you can to do a player. Now it's case over - he's a very good kid."

And the manager added: "Every player knows me and knows my reaction, my decision. For me the group is always more important than any player.

"The group principles are more important than even the result. Every player knew I wouldn't select him but they also know that it's over."

Chelsea will face West Brom without striker Fernando Torres who has a groin strain but is expected to return after the international break.

Mourinho will expect his side to maintain the form they showed in beating Schalke and bounce back after their shock defeat at Newcastle last weekend in the Premier League.

The manager criticised his players heavily and admits they saw a different side to him for the first time this season.

He said: "At Newcastle my feeling was not good from first minute. So for new ones, working with me for first time, maybe the first time they felt me, really.

"I don't want to be scary, just to influence their mentality and make them stronger, tougher, more professional and more ambition, not to hide under couple of good results.

"Good results have to motivate you to get the next result. My objective not to scare but make them strong. If they have the right mentality, like Schalke, I will make them stronger."

And he added: "They knew this would be an important week. The way we work, the way we speak. They know clearly what I want.

"The good thing is that was a reaction and coped with the defeat. If lose twice it's hard, as happened Everton and Basel, when we were scared against Fulham, the ball like fire at our feet.

"This time we lost, recovered well, put ourselves in good position in Champions League. This result and performance, not spectacular but solid, comes at the right moment."




Read News24’s Comments Policy

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Read more from our Users

Nigeria @ 56: Words to my green f...

A leader’s job is not to dictate, but rather to be respected, admired and be a trustee, of the land we love, with so much potential, a land which should be freer than free. Its still a long way to fufilling our destiny! Read more...

Submitted by
Isaac Asabor263
Recession: An opportunity for Nig...

The recession should be seen as an opportunity for the country’s promotion as long as we all collectively conduct ourselves in a patriotic manner, writes Isaac Asabor.  Read more...

Submitted by
Black and White

We want to imitate the whites in everything because we are ignorant of our inherent originality and content. We spend all our Naira to acquire his inventions because we so oblivious of our natural endowments that we allow him have it for free. Read more...

Submitted by
Nate Nat
Adamawa State University Mubi: A ...

ADSU integrity forum has accused the Sunday Joshua Wugira, a lawyer, of adopting unorthodox tactics by abusing his privilege by attacking the integrity of ADSU Vice Chancellor Dr. Moses Zira Zaruwa, writes a News24 reader. Read more...

Submitted by
Abdulsalam Jubril
My Country Nigeria (Part One)

Poetry by Abdulsalam Jubril.

Submitted by
Abdulsalam Jubril
Recession, dearth in leadership a...

Every leader has the opportunity to become great and making himself immortal in the lives and hearts of people for generations to come. Will Mr. President seize this opportunity?, questions Abdulsalam Jubril. Read more...