Eden Hazard has paid tribute to Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho, ahead of Sunday’s Capital One Cup final against Tottenham at Wembley, reports the Daily Mirror.
The assertion of some from the outside is that Mourinho has looked to change Hazard as a player, given the way he likes his teams to play as a defensive unit.
However, the Belgian insists the pair get on well – going as far to say he has a ‘special relationship’ with the Portuguese coach.
Hazard also insists Mourinho allows him freedom to play his own game, despite the Chelsea boss being famous for wanting his players to work just as hard defensively as they do going forward.
The 23-year-old says that is not the case however, and has praised the way in which Mourinho has taught him more about the tactical side of the game during his second spell in charge at Stamford Bridge.
“It’s true we do have a special relationship,” he explained. “What is good about him as a coach is that he lets us play. He lets me play.
“He is not always on at me and I really appreciate that. If it isn’t good he says so, if it is good he says so. He is always direct.
“I don’t think he has changed me. He has taught me to become more professional and to be better on the pitch.
“I don’t think I have changed my mentality. You can’t change that. I am who I am. He has always taught me to get the best out of myself.”