PETE JENSON: The Eden Hazard debut season at Real Madrid is plagued by injuries, but he can still help them do double … if the £ 130 million man can get fit and fired, he can be the game changer of Zinedine Zidane
- Eden Hazard is plagued by injuries in his debut season with Real Madrid
- Madrid is at the top via LaLiga via goal difference, but has a game over Barca
- The Belgian is in training again and can stand in line to play against Man City
- Madrid needs a big game player and Hazard can lead them to a brilliant double
The Real Madrid coach, Zinedine Zidane, knows that this season can be very special. How special it becomes in the end may have a lot to do with how Eden Hazard returns to the first team.
There has been a three point opening in LaLiga and the injury of Luis Suarez and the change of coach has weakened Barcelona to the point where they are no longer favorites to end as champions. In Europe, winning the Champions League will be more problematic, but if they beat Manchester City they will have eliminated one of the few teams that can currently live with them.
The Zidane team is strongly defensive, there is depth and unity in the team and goals come from all over the field with 19 different scorers this season. If only one excellent performer was able to win a difficult game only with a moment of magic, that could be the difference between doing double in style and settling for a hard-fought competitive win.
With the most important phase of the season coming, Real Madrid looks strong
Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane will be well aware that he may be heading for a special season again
Hazard is the man who can provide that magic and explains his importance why Zidane has been so careful with his return from injury.
It was a long way back from November 26 when he injured himself at PSG in Bernabeu, but he completed his 10th training session on Friday and would complete his 11th on Saturday before being named in Zidane’s team for Sunday’s game against Celta Vigo.
If he plays half an hour this weekend and an hour next Saturday away for Levante, he will play 90 minutes against Manchester City.
Hazard was ready to come back last weekend, but the game was a tough trip to Osasuna, so Zidane decided to sign the club’s home record for another week at home before returning for what is now the most crucial part of Real’s season. Madrid is.
The Frenchman knows that this season could be successful on the condition of Eden Hazard
Hazard’s debut season is plagued by injuries and has been out since November
They are not only confronted with Manchester City, but play at home in Barcelona on March 1 and a win would give them a huge advantage over Quique Setien.
It could be that they are opening a three-point opening while playing a game, but the benefits will not stop there, as the goal difference will compete in LaLiga and a win, after the first Clasico of the season that ending 0-0 in the Nou Camp would mean that they have the better direct goal difference with Barca.
If the two teams finish on points at the end of the season, they would be ahead of their big rivals, even if the overall Barcelona goal difference is better. It is easy to see why Zidane Hazard did not want to rush back.
After sustaining PSG’s injury, Zidane was relaxed in his press conference after the game that turned it off as a turn that would not be a long-term problem. The original estimate of the time on the sidelines was 10 days. That has become a long period because a micro-fracture was discovered in the days after the PSG competition.
Madrid has so far done without Hazard and plans to cash in flailing Barcelona
Hazard only broke his judge in the summer of 2017 during his international service. It was also when he was very much on the Madrid transfer agenda. The story of Zidane’s eventual conquest of a player he wanted to coach since he first saw him as a 19-year-old in Lille and immediately introduced him to Madrid.
When it was finally time for Lille to sell it, Zidane again urged Real Madrid President Florentino Perez to take him to Bernabeu, but with Jose Mourinho at the helm Real Madrid signed Luka Modric instead.
In 2016, Zidane became the coach of Real Madrid’s first team and again told the club to sign Hazard. He finally got his husband.
They were waiting for his debut due to a hamstring injury picked up in the preseason. The injury prevented him from coming into top form at the start of the season. Real Madrid played the rivals Celta on the opening day on Sunday and it was Gareth Bale and Toni Kroos who were the stars. Instead of the big signing of the summer, Madrid relied on two players that many people thought were already in the club’s past.
Hazard has trained continuously and could stand in line to play against Manchester City
Hazard is the big game player that could lead Madrid to the Champions League and La Liga glory
As soon as he brought Hazard up to speed, he started on the left and made diagonal runs through the middle to be consistent with kindred spirit Karim Benzema, the center of the Madrid attacks.
That is the understanding that Zidane wants to see himself mature again and pushes the team across the line and inspires a new good Champions League run.
If there is one thing that Madrid still thinks it is missing, then it is a big game player that always delivers when it really matters.
The absence of Cristiano Ronaldo is still being felt. Ronaldo may even be waiting for Madrid in the Champions League this season. They absolutely wanted Hazard to be at his best for that meeting, and for that they wanted him to play his part in eliminating the city of Manchester from Pep Guardiola.