I’ll keep Haz Eden in right di­rec­tion

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JOSE MOUR­INHO in­sists that Eden Haz­ard is not yet the fin­ished ar­ti­cle.

Bel­gium play­maker Haz­ard, 22, had an in­con­sis­tent first sea­son at Chelsea last year fol­low­ing his £32mil­lion move from Lille.

The young­ster started and fin­ished well – but his form dipped around the turn of the year.

Haz­ard looked to be at his very best, though, dur­ing the first half of Chelsea’s open­ing day win against Hull.

And while Mour­inho be­lieves the player can go right to the top, he also warned of the risk of fail­ing to de­liver on his tal­ent.

The man­ager said: “I want more re­spon­si­bil­ity and more am­bi­tion from him.

“When you are a nor­mal player you have to be happy if you per­form OK.

“But when you are a top tal­ent you can’t waste that tal­ent.

“I think at his tal­ent level Eden is some­body above oth­ers.

“I want to give him that re­spon­si­bil­ity and am­bi­tion for the kid to be bet­ter and bet­ter and to ex­press him­self on the pitch match af­ter match.

“Not to be up and down but to al­ways be at the top of his game be­cause he has the con­di­tions to be a top player.

“This is what I want. Whether I can get it, I don’t know, but he is work­ing very, very hard. I’m very happy with the kid.”


Mour­inho must de­cide whether to in­clude vet­eran Frank Lam­pard in tonight’s clash with Villa.

Lamps hit a screamer of a free-kick against Hull, but Mour­inho says the 35-year-old must now man­age his body.

He said: “The crazy Lamps who wants to play ev­ery minute of a League Cup match against a team from the Cham­pi­onship, or the crazy Frank who wants to break the record of ap­pear­ances and play in ev­ery minute of ev­ery match, is not here any more.

“We have to be clever and in­tel­li­gent and pro­tect th­ese play­ers who are over 30.”

Villa boss Paul Lam­bert ad­mits he left owner Randy Lerner feel­ing phys­i­cally sick af­ter last year’s 8-0 thrashing at Chelsea.

The Scot’s young guns re­turn to Stam­ford Bridge for the first time since their hu­mil­i­a­tion last De­cem­ber.

And Lam­bert has hailed the sup­port of Lerner and chief exec Paul Faulkner, in­sist­ing he never thinks back to that day.

Lam­bert said: “I speak to Randy ev­ery week. He is al­ways re­ally sup­port­ive.

“But he prob­a­bly says one thing, then goes away and vom­its!

“He has been great, he re­ally has.”

NIGHT­MARE: Lam­bert

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