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Chelsea dazzler Hazard: Tough Mourinho good for me

Chelsea attacker Eden Hazard says he's thriving under Jose Mourinho's strict management demands.

Hazard is enjoying a superb campaign with Chelsea.

"I've matured. I have realised that if I want to be among the best in the world, I'll have to perform consistently, game in, game out," he said.

"I'm now important for the team. I give good passes, score more goals. Everyone expects more from me. I hear it every day. Maybe I need these little comments. When a manager says, 'Eden, you're great', there is a threat that you can snooze.

"As a professional, you have to challenge yourself every day. The manager is close to his players, but when he has something to say, he does it to your face, in a friendly way. He knows how to challenge us.

"When I was at Lille I was more focused on the beauty of the game and entertaining the crowd. I have become more efficient now, a team player.

"I have the image of someone who doesn't care. But I have been playing professional football for five seasons now. I am rarely injured, I follow a strict diet, I sleep well, I rest and I'm always on time.

"No one can ever accuse me of not living for my job, because I do."

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