The way, match after match, he's being punished by opponents and he's not being protected by referees, maybe one day we won't have Eden Hazard.
While you might expect to have heard those words from Antonio Conte after last Monday's kick-the-Belgian contest in the FA Cup at Stamford Bridge, they actually came from the man instructing the kickers.
Jose Mourinho came out with that pained defence of his creative genius, who was on the way to a league title and double player of the year award, as Chelsea boss back in January 2015.
“It's one, two, three, four, five, 10 aggressive fouls against him,” he continued.
“They kick and kick and kick, and the kid resists.”
Mourinho's United took it in turns last Monday, a clever ploy that banks on referees giving players a series of last chances before taking disciplinary action.
Yet it was only as clever as the players involved and when referee Michael Oliver got wise to it, it was Ander Herrera who paid the almost immediate, and quite deserved, price.
Sadly, at the bet365 Stadium five days later, Anthony Taylor wasn't quite so in control.
There was no Hazard, left at home as a precaution due to a training ground injury, though his absence may have been fortuitous in the circumstances.
Mark Hughes' side lined up, one after another, to target Diego Costa – though the Welsh boss later denied it was any concerted plan.
Conte praised his striker, admitting it was a legitimate tactic to attempt to rile a player and that the famously hot-headed Spaniard was admirable in his restraint.
There are two issues here: the medical and the disciplinary.
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