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Hazard advised to copy Lampard

Chelsea striker Samuel Eto'o accused Bayern Munich head coach Pep Guardiola of being dishonest on Tuesday. The pair fell out during their time together at Barcelona during the 2008-2009 season.

Eden Hazard should follow the example of Frank Lampard, Jose Mourinho has told Yahoo Sport.

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"I think Eden has great examples to follow at Chelsea. He doesn't need to look outside the club to find the best examples to follow. We have Frank Lampard who is 35 and is, of course, at the end of his career. There is no better example of a professional player than him for Eden and everyone else."

Mourinho has been lavish in his praise of Hazard, 23, this season with the Belgium international flourishing into one of the English top-flight's most exciting talents.

Hazard has been central to Chelsea's rise to the top of the Premier League table, though the Blues are far from certain to pick up the English crown they last won in 2009-10.

Should Manchester City win their two games in hand, they will go three points clear at the top of the table, but with four teams still in the running at this late stage in the season, Mourinho said the Premier League is more competitive than ever.

"The Premier League is a very difficult league," he said. "It's very different to how it was in the past. I don't remember a season in which four teams were still in contention for the title with seven games left.

"It's difficult for everyone, not just Manchester United. As the reigning champions, they were among the favourites but they're out of contention now. That can happen to any team as it's very tough."

Like United, however, Chelsea's European ambitions remain intact. Mourinho will take his team into a quarterfinal match-up with Paris Saint-Germain, which will see the Portuguese come face-to-face with Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

The Swedish star, 32, was a member of the Inter Milan squad when Mourinho moved to the San Siro in 2008, and his former boss drew a very different picture to the general perception that Ibrahimovic is difficult to work with.

He said: "Zlatan Ibrahimovic was easy. I don't understand why people say that it's difficult to work with strong personalities. What is difficult is to work with people who don't want to win, or who don't want to improve.

"When you are in charge of 'a winner,' a person who always wants to win, who wants to be the best and isn't afraid of great responsibility, it's very easy to deal with them. I only coached him for a season and it was a good experience. For me, he's one of the best players I've ever coached. Everyone would have liked to have seen him in Brazil, but Sweden didn't qualify."


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