Chelsea playmaker Eden Hazard has fired back at his manager Maurizio Sarri following his pre-match criticism.
Sarri had a dig at his Hazard saying that he ‘has to do more’ before his side’s 2-1 win over Tottenham in the Carabao Cup clash.
Eden Hazard “does not care” about Maurizio Sarri’s criticisms, he just “plays his football” and “does his best for the team”.
And that he did with a Man of the match performance against Spurs. pic.twitter.com/wieIbMJa03
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The former Napoli boss also said Hazard was not a leader in his teammates Cesar Azpilicueta and David Luiz.
The Belgium international, who previously admitted he had frustrated all his coaches throughout his career, has revealed his reaction insisting that he doesn’t care.
“He’s more an individual player than a leader. He always can win the match in two minutes, sometimes in one minute,” Sarri said.
“But at the moment he’s not a leader. He’s a great player, one of the best in the world…. you know very well that Eden is a wonderful player. But he’s an individual player… an instinctive player.”
“I think he has to do more because the potential is higher than the performances. He has to respect first of all himself.”
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When asked what he thinks about his manager’s criticism following his side’s 4-2 win over Spurs on penalty shout-out, Hazard replied: “To be fair I don’t care.”
“I just play my football and it doesn’t matter what the manager says.”
“I’m always focused on this team and I just want to do my best for this team, and today I did.”
Meanwhile, some Chelsea fans loved Hazard’s reaction on his manager criticism after the game.
“Eden Hazard just said he doesn’t care about what Sarri said about him. What a legend man. The guy is too honest. Couldn’t give two sh**s about anything MORE TO FOLLOW,” wrote one fan on Twitter.
Another posted: “Reporter: Did Sarri’s comments spur you on? Hazard: I don’t care, I just play my football I love this man so much.”
“Hazard mugging Sarri off in the interview is f***ing brilliant,” wrote another.
A fourth Chelsea fan tweeted: “Hazard not caring what Sarri said as he knows he will have the last laugh when he f**ks off to Madrid in the summer.”
Sarri said of Hazard’s performance: “I think the position is not a big problem.”
“I think in this match we played with another mind, another motivation, another determination.”
“I think his qualities are more important than the position.”