Mourinho, who is arguably one of the best tacticians out there, has revealed the decision to drop Hazard was a result of Chelsea’s defensive record.
Hazard didn’t start in the 2-0 win over Aston Villa at Stamford Bridge, but came on as a second half substitute. And Mourinho believes the club has been conceding too many goals.
A clean sheet for Chelsea at the bridge, courtesy of a Costa strike in the first half and a Costa strike that deflected of Hutton, to hand the blues a much needed 2-0 win over the Villans.
“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,” 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.”