Eden Hazard has asked for bigger shinpads, claims Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho - he's the most fouled player in Europe

Belgian leads the Premier League and Champions League

Tom Sheen
Saturday 21 February 2015 14:43

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has claimed that star man Eden Hazard has asked a shin pad maker to come up with a bigger product.

Hazard, fouled a massive nine times in the 1-1 draw with Paris Saint-Germain on Tuesday, is now the most fouled player in Europe - getting hacked down an incredible 102 times this season.

The 24-year-old leads both the Premier League and Champions League in fouls suffered, with 74 in 25 matches on the home front and 28 in seven matches in Europe's premier competition. Raheem Sterling, second in the Premier League, has only been fouled 60 times this season.

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho said Hazard is being targeted by the opposition

"Eden has asked me to speak with some friends of mine who make carbon shin-pads. He wants one that covers the whole leg. Like a horse," said Mourinho.

"Normally, if you get 100 fouls, the opponents will get a certain percentage of yellow cards.

"So if he is the most fouled player he should be the player creates more cards in the opponent. But he isn’t."

Mourinho believes Hazard, who has 13 goals and seven assists this season, is being targeted by the opposition.

The Belgian is the most fouled player in Europe

"There are fouls and there are accumulations of fouls and there are fouls that are strategy and the referees have to understand exactly that," he added. "Sometimes little fouls are big fouls in the context of the game.

"For example, and there are many of them in the world of football, there are players who are a specialist in stopping counter attacks.

"The team loses the ball, he makes the foul. It is a small foul but it stops the counter attack. And I think Eden is punished in both ways. If you see the game in Paris he had nine fouls. But three of them were very bad fouls. Very dangerous fouls. And nothing."

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