Mourinho feels Hazard has completed the transition from “talented kid” to consistent Premier League match-winner.
“The club made a big investment on him…to bring a player from France and pay the amount Chelsea did is because Chelsea trusted the player a lot. But he is not a talented kid any more. He is now more than that. He is a player who feels and accepts the responsibility, feels and accepts that a team player is more than a talented player and he has done it without losing his fantastic ability and fantastic talent. The kid is in a very good moment of his career.”
Mourinho also made an early case for his man to receive individual recognition.
“Three consecutive times he is man of the match, which is something nice. Let’s see if the Barclays Premier League decides to give him player of the month,” he added.
“Maybe they don’t like to go to Cobham because the kid is waiting but the trophy is not arriving.”
Jose Mourinho also believes that Fernando Torres is enjoying his football again and has praised Chelsea fans for their continued support of the Spanish striker.
He has scored in his last two Barclays Premier League outings, wrapping up a 2-0 victory at Hull to see Chelsea end Saturday night on top of the table, and taking his season’s tally to eight in all competitions.
“Fernando scored against Southampton, now he has scored again. He is enjoying his football more than the last couple of years,’ said Mourinho. The goals are coming and he is doing what we want him to do: press defenders, hold the ball, wait for support, get behind defenders and he scored. It is important for him but more important for us. Chelsea fans are like this. I remember in 2004 when we had Mateja Kezman and he scored his first (league) goal in December, but every time playing at Stamford Bridge people were supporting him. It helps players, especially in a difficult moment. Players do not feel the heat when things are not going well for them.”
‘Special fans. Special club.’ – Jose Mourinho