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Holiday key to Hazard display

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Earlier this season, Jose Mourinho challenged Eden Hazard to turn himself from a talented young player into one of the game's real difference makers. That hadn't really happened in the tough away matches against Sunderland and Newcastle, but on Saturday Hazard scored the opener with his head and set up Chelsea's second to boot. It was a marked improvement from the showings up in the northeast. What was the difference?

Getting some sun, apparently.

We made an agreement. He didn’t play against Sporting, I gave him four days’ holiday. He went somewhere with nice weather, where he could take his shirt off and get some sun. He told me he would come back fresh and you could see the happiness in his legs.

Source: GetWestLondon.

If Vitamin D does Hazard this much good we might start having to leaving him out in the sun more often. Also, Jose seems to be obsessed with 'happiness' these days -- good news, perhaps, for Mr. Kurt Zouma?