Chelsea ace Eden Hazard has revealed that Jose Mourinho is less tactical than Antonio Conte.
The Belgian star, 26, has been nominated for the PFA Player of the Year award after a fantastic season for the league leaders.
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If Hazard wins the award, it will be the second time in three years that he’s been recognised as the league’s best player following his success in 2014/2015.
Hazard’s first win came under Mourinho but the Portuguese boss was sacked as Chelsea boss six months later, midway through a campaign in which Hazard scored just four league goals.
‘They have different methods. Conte works a great deal on tactics but Mourinho let it be,’ Hazard told Telefoot.
‘For me, I had great moments with Mourinho for two years and this year with Conte everything is going very well. I always take the positive from coaches.
‘The two are different managers. They have always won, here and in the past. Many people said I didn’t listen to Mourinho, but that’s not the case.
‘It’s not at all the case, I’ve always had a lot of respect for him.’
Reports during Mourinho’s final season at Stamford Bridge claimed there was a rift between the 54-year-old and Hazard but the winger’s dismissed those claims.
‘With Jose I had a super rapport,’ Hazard told The year before, I was the Player of the Season and maybe he expected more from me. I was not so good and it was complicated,’ said Hazard.
‘I was always close with him and with Antonio Conte it’s the same.’