After a very mixed second season at Real Madrid, punctuated by numerous injuries, Eden Hazard returns this Wednesday in the semi-finals of the Champions League, at Stamford Bridge, the place of his last footballing exploits.
Since arriving in Madrid, fans have been waiting to find the player who had shone so much at Chelsea. Unfortunately, after two seasons at Real, Eden Hazard has failed to express on Spanish grounds the technique that had allowed him to be one of the very best players in the Premier League, scoring 21 goals in his final season ( 2018-19) at Chelsea including 2 in the Europa League final.
This season, the Belgian has only played 17 out of 47 possible games, for a total of 755 minutes and 3 small goals. Accumulating muscle injuries, he has not chained more than 7 matches, and only resumed competition on April 24, playing 22 minutes against Betis. Entered into the game in the first leg against Chelsea (1-1) in the semi-finals of the Champions League, the former Lille had not been able to reverse the situation for his team. This Wednesday, he will have the opportunity to turn things around again, for his first return to Stamford Bridge.
His tenure against his former team would be the unique opportunity for Eden Hazard to return to the highest level and to prove that he is still a decisive player. For Chelsea defender Andres Christensen, Eden Hazard remains a “Important factor” Match : “Everyone in this club can only say good things about Eden. And that hasn’t changed. We know his quality and what he has done for the club. ”
Zidane’s confidence for the game against Chelsea
Appointed holder in what will be one of the most important matches of the season for Real Madrid, Eden Hazard has not lost the confidence of Zidane and his staff. Absent during the Clasico against FC Barcelona, against Liverpool in the Champions League while training with the group, everything suggests that the French technician was waiting for this date to revive the Belgian striker. Last Saturday he played 70 minutes against Osasuna (2-0), author of a good match, eager to show that he could be counted on and combining well with his partners.
Eden Hazard has therefore successfully passed the test which will undoubtedly lead him to Stamford Bridge. At a press conference, Zidane confirms the player’s good feelings and is counting on him for the confrontation against Chelsea: “It’s a really good time for Hazard. I think he’s ready, we’re going to need him and he’s definitely going to help the team. I’m sure.”
Faced with a very well organized and impervious Chelsea team in defense (5 clean sheets in the last 6 games), Real Madrid will need a player capable of bringing movement and creating chances. Vinicius, better when he has space in front of him, could give way to the Belgian winger, who brings more imbalance and gets along very well with Benzema. Announced holder by the Madrid press, the Belgian will have 90 minutes to remind supporters of the player he has been at Chelsea, and to make people forget the one he has been at Real until then. Stamford Bridge could become the genesis of its new Madrid era.