Jose Mourinho could continue to sideline Eden Hazard on the day he was named on the Ballon d’Or shortlist.
Mourinho was critical of Hazard, the startling performer in last season’s Premier League triumph, after leaving the Belgium playmaker on the substitutes’ bench for Saturday’s 2-0 win over Aston Villa.
Hazard has been told to up his workrate, but may start at the NSK Olimpiysky against Dynamo Kiev as Chelsea seek to respond from defeat at Porto in their most recent Champions League game.
“If he plays I don’t tell you. The players don’t know,” Mourinho said.
Mourinho has left forward Pedro and striker Loic Remy behind due to minor injuries, increasing the likelihood Hazard will return to the starting XI.
Asked about Hazard’s response to his comments, Mourinho said: “How did he train? He trained like Eden.”
Mourinho also says Radamel Falcao has given no indication to him of his apparent desire to leave Chelsea following reports.
“To me he said absolutely nothing in relation to that,” Mourinho said.
Chelsea’s season has lurched from one ‘crisis’ to the next, but Mourinho maintains they will finish in the top four of the Premier League, thus qualifying for the Champions League, and could even win all four available trophies this term.
“My opinion is that we are not going to miss Champions League,” Mourinho said.
“We are in October. Everything is open. We can win all four, (but) we can lose all four. In this country it’s very difficult.”