As expected, Chelsea’s star duo on and off the pitch this season were rewarded for their greatness.
On Friday the Barclays Manager of the Year award went to Chelsea’s Jose Mourinho and the Player of the Year award went to the Blues’ sublime winger Eden Hazard.
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Mourinho, 52, has now been named as the best manager in the PL for three of his five seasons in England’s top-flight, while Hazard, 24, has picked up the award for the first-time to add to his PFA Player of the Year and Football Writers Player of the Year awards he has won over the past few weeks.
Chelsea have, once again, cleaned up.
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In a remarkable season for the west London club, Mourinho led his team to the PL title with four games of the 2014-15 campaign remaining and also added a League Cup title to take his total trophies won with the Blues to eight in five seasons. Chelsea have lost just three times during the season and will hit the 87-point mark if they beat Sunderland at Stamford Bridge on Sunday (Watch live, 10 a.m. ET on NBCSN and online via Live Extra).
Mourinho’s masterminded Chelsea’s first PL title since 2010 in the second season of his second spell in charge of the Blues, while Hazard has been influential as the Belgian trickster has scored 19 goals, added 10 assists and has terrorized PL defenses all season.
Hazard beat seven other nominees in David De Gea, Alexis Sanchez, Harry Kane, Sergio Aguero and Chelsea teammates John Terry, Cesc Fabregas and Nemanja Matic to the award, while Mourinho finished ahead of Ronald Koeman, Arsene Wenger, Garry Monk and Nigel Pearson.