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Jose Mourinho: Why I left Eden Hazard out of the squad against Aston Villa


Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho was happy after his side produced a solid performance to battle past Aston Villa on Saturday afternoon.

The Blues desperately needed to get back on winning terms to improve their position in the table as the Portuguese admits that his players are lacking confidence.

"It was not a brilliant performance, but it was solid performance," Mourinho told reporters.

"In football you are brilliant when the confidence levels are very high and the players are able to put all their qualities on the pitch.

"When the confidence is a bit low, the results are not good and they feel the pressure of the moment, the quality goes down a little bit, and you have to bring other kinds of ingredients to the game. They did it in an amazing way."

Star player Eden Hazard was not in the starting line-up for the Blues and Mourinho says it was to provide more cover to the defensive department.

"I left Hazard out because we are conceding lots of goals," he explained.

"We need to defend better. We need our midfield players to be just worried about the central area of the pitch, not to be worried about compensating for the left side or the right side.

"Playing with Pedro and Willian, the midfield players don't have to look to the left or the right. Willian and Pedro did amazing defensive work on very good offensive players, Hutton and Richardson, and later Amavi.

"They allowed the midfield players to be very comfortable, and to have performances like Ramires and Fabregas had, totally controlling the centre of the pitch.

"It was just a tactical decision leaving super quality on the bench but bringing tactical discipline and hoping that the team could be solid. I continue in that way or he [Hazard] comes in our direction and tries to replicate the same work Willian or Pedro did."

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