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The former Lille man won the PFA Player of the Year
award last season but the Blues manager has
hinted that the Belgian needs to return to his
previous level.

Jose Mourinho has suggested that Eden Hazard
must improve his performance level after Chelsea
slipped to a shock 2-1 loss to Crystal Palace at
Stamford Bridge on Saturday.

Goals from Bakary Sako and Joel Ward gave the
Eagles all three points on Mourinho’s 100th home
game in charge of the club – with Alan Pardew’s
men inflicting only the second defeat at Stamford
Bridge of the Portuguese’s Blues reign.

Mourinho has hinted that Hazard – who won the
PFA Player of the Year award last season – and a
number of senior players must start performing
after the Blues’ stuttering start to their title defence,
having taken just four points from four games thus

"If you are the best player in the league, I think it
should be a good responsibility to have a similar
season than in the previous season,” he said.

"I don't want to analyse individual performances. In
general terms, it is difficult to have a consistent
performance when some of the players are not
performing at a good level.

"When you have six or seven performing and three
or four who are not at an acceptable level, it is hard
for a team to be consistent in the performance."

Mourinho insists that he will work day and night to
ensure that Chelsea return to form in the coming
weeks, but says it would be “sad” if his players
were demotivated.

"For myself, I feel the opposite. When I win, I want
to win again, I want to win more. I feel fantastic
motivation for more,” he added.

"If you win it once and the next you are not on fire,
not ready for at least to fight for more, that is sad.
"You have players who have fantastic seasons and
fantastic moments and the next season do not have
the same.

"If you ask me: 'Will I accept this, cross my arms,
sit in a nice chair and wait calmly for the
performance level to be back?' No.

"I have to work, react, analyse and if I feel the
players are not in conditions to react and give
more, I have to make changes. I have never had a
problem with that."

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