Mourinho explains why he dropped Hazard.
The Chelsea manager claims the reason behind starting the Belgium international on the bench against Aston Villa was to improve his side's stability. Jose Mourinho claims that Chelseaâ€™s defensive record was the reason behind dropping Eden Hazard for Saturdayâ€™s 2-0 win over Aston Villa.
After a run of 47 starts in the Premier League, the Belgium international was surprisingly named as a substitute, while Diego Costa's strike and Alan Hutton's own goal sealed the victory for the champions at Stamford Bridge.
"I left Hazard out because we have been conceding too many goals. We needed more stability and effort to help make the team more solid,â€ said Mourinho
"I like quality, but when you don't have the ball you don't have quality. And you don't have control.
"It was a tactical decision I felt we had to make and I told the players that this was not the time to be selfish and think only of themselves and be selfish. This has to be a moment for the team and nothing else.
"I want them to look at the bigger picture to get the results we need back. Once we have done thast we can then go back to what we were before.
"When the confidence is a bit low as it has been the quality goes down also. This was not a brilliant performance today, but it was a solid one. We sought more stability and control and we got it."
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