Eden Hazard has taken thinly veiled swipe at former Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho, even as he has hailed the impact of new manager Antonio Conte.
Hazard had a poor start to the season last term, which saw the Blues fail to defend the title they won the season before, and finished a disappointing 10th in the Premier League.
The poor start to the season meant Mourinho couldn’t continue with the team, as he was sacked in December with Chelsea 16th and facing a relegation battle.
Hazard’s comment is coming on the heels of Gary Cahill’s description of the last season as a ‘disaster’, with the Belgian now saying it was an ‘ugly’ season, thereby insinuating that Mourinho’s lack of a credible playing career meant he didn’t understand how to treat his players.
“Conte puts trust in his players and now we are good after an ugly season last year,” Hazard was quoted in the Daily Mail.
“I’ve always been the same player but Conte knows how to treat players having played at the highest level himself.”
He will not be the first Chelsea player to appear to be taking a dig at Mourinho, as John Obi Mikel, who barely got a game in the Portuguese’s second spell but enjoyed a renaissance under his successor Guus Hiddink, appeared to have also taken a dig at the controversial Manchester United boss.