LONDON: Eden Hazard has asked Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho to find him shin pads that also protect the back of his legs after suffering a record number of fouls in the Premier League and European competition this season.
Mourinho, who urged referees to offer the tricky Belgium forward more protection, said Hazard suffered from dangerous fouls and from sneaky, tactical challenges to prevent him racing away from defenders on the counter attack.
“He told me to speak with my friends that make carbon shin pads to try to make some for the back like a horse that does jumping because he also gets fouled from behind,” the Portuguese told reporters ahead of Saturday’s home game against Burnley, Hazard, 24, holds the record for the most fouls suffered in the Premier League, at 74 a full 14 more than second placed Raheem Sterling of Liverpool.
Against Paris St Germain in the Champions League on Tuesday the Chelsea player was crunched nine times.
Mourinho bemoaned the fact that, because Hazard was an honest player who tried to stay on his feet, opponents often escaped sanction.
“He should be the player that creates more yellow cards from opponents but he doesn’t,” Mourinho said.