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With Pedro out injured, many people are interested to see if Eden Hazard will be back in Chelsea’s starting XI on Tuesday in the Champions League.
Hazard was benched against Aston Villa this past weekend, a game that Chelsea won 2-0. With Pedro missing the game against Dynamo Kiev on Tuesday, reporters asked manager Jose Mourinho if Hazard will be back in the starting lineup. But the Portuguese manager didn’t give an answer in the pregame interview on Monday.
“If he plays, I won’t tell you. How did he train (after being dropped)? He trained like Eden,” Mourinho told The Daily Mail.
“Last season he won one of the most important titles in football, which is the Premier League, and (he was) absolutely decisive for Chelsea. Last season he had a phenomenal season.”
Mourinho also addressed rumors that Colombian striker Radamel Falcao wants to leave Stamford Bridge to get more playing time. Falcao is currently the second choice behind Diego Costa in the Chelsea lineup.
“First of all I don’t know if it’s true. To me he said absolutely nothing in relation to that,” Mourinho said.
“I speak with him every day. It’s quite strange the press know something I don’t know and my club doesn’t know. We don’t have one single bit of information about it.
“What he has to do is play more? He has to give us more than Diego [Costa].
“We normally play with one striker. I always go for the performance level.
“It’s a direct competition between players for one position. The best one plays.”
Mourinho also spoke about the rumor that Ukrainian winger Andriy Yarmolenko is on Chelsea’s shortlist.
“When people start some rumors they have to think a little bit before the rumor,” Mourinho said.
“Why? When Chelsea has Pedro, Hazard, Willian, Kenedy, (Bertrand) Traore and (on loan Juan) Cuadrado, Victor Moses.
“We cannot make a collection of wingers. When people want to make rumors they have to find players in positions where we don’t have so many.”