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Eden Hazard talks about his 'special relationship' with Mourinho

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A special relationship with The Special One.

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Over the last 12-18 months, much has been made of the Mourinho-Hazard relationship.

Will they, won't they (make it work)?  Will Mourinho transform Hazard into some sort of football super robot?  Or will he fail spectacularly, and force Eden into warmer climes where they don't talk about things like tracking back or defensive marking assignments?  Or perhaps somewhere in-between?  (Nah, no room for middle of the road-takes in football.)

"It's true we do have a special relationship. 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. But 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."

-Eden Hazard; source: Independent

Sounds like a perfect football relationship.  Hooray!

Be sure to read the rest of Sam Wallace's interview with Eden Hazard in The Independent.  They talk about fouls, goals, and having fun in professional football.