And defender Gary Cahill said Chelsea are more organised under Conte because they “needed a game-plan” and had “lost our way tactically” under Mourinho.
Just days before one of Mourinho’s toughest tests of his career as he takes on Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City and manager of rivals United, it is a timely kick in the ribs for the former Chelsea boss, who was sacked just before Christmas after his relationship with key players disintegrated.
He openly criticised Hazard on several occasions despite the fact the Belgian playmaker was struggling with injuries, with the manager suggesting he needed to “sacrifice” himself more for the team.
In Mourinho’s last match in charge, a 2-1 defeat at Leicester, Hazard walked off the pitch indicating he was injured and Mourinho pointedly said the player had taken the decision himself.
Since the arrival of Conte, however, Hazard has rediscovered his sparkle, scoring two goals in three league games.