'HAZARD WAS THE WORST!' - WILMOTS
performances by Jose Mourinho in the opening
weeks of the season and was similarly singled out
by his international manager
Eden Hazard's late winner in Belgium's 1-0 defeat
of Cyprus was not enough to spare him the wrath of
coach Marc Wilmots, who described the Chelsea
man as his worst player on the night.
Hazard slammed home Dries Mertens' cross late
on in a dour game in Nicosia to all but confirm
Belgium's place at Euro 2016, but Wilmots was less
than impressed with his side's laboured
This follows hot on the heels of Jose Mourinho
hitting out at the former Lille man for his
performance level in the Blues opening Premier
And Wilmots too singled Hazard out for criticism,
telling reporters: "He was the worst tonight.
"I thought about substituting him, but in the last 10
minutes he always the ability to do that. At the World
Cup, this was the case.
"I obviously expect more from him, but he will grow
as the season progresses."
Wilmots praised Mertens and fellow substitute
Divock Origi for turning the game in Belgium's
favour, but was less than impressed with the overall
display, which came three days after a 3-1 home
win over Bosnia-Herzegovina.
He said: "The contribution of Origi and Mertens in
the second half was important, because I wanted
quick combinations. As a result, in the last half hour
we were often dangerous.
"Collectively, this was one of our worst
performances I do not know why.
"Maybe because we're still early in the season and
we cannot yet play at a high enough pace. Guys like
Marouane Fellaini have little rhythm in the legs."
He added: "We have to play two games in 72 hours,
which is evident, especially in this heat.
"Moreover, everyone wants to win against us, and
this also applies to Cyprus."
Belgium now sit second in Group B, knowing victory
over rock-bottom Andorra will send them to France.
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