Eden Hazard of Real Madrid has not lost his scoring boot and the brilliance he was known for while playing for Chelsea between 2012 and 2019. The 30-year-old Belgian winger silenced his doubters on Saturday, January 23, when he scored against Deportivo Alaves in a La Liga match to prove his worth.
Eden Hazard has not scored for Real Madrid since October 2020. He has managed to score only 4 goals and provided 8 assists in 34 appearances in all competitions for Madrid since his €115 million transfer from Chelsea to Madrid in 2019.
These stats mean that Eden Hazard is a shadow of himself at Real Madrid because he was so good at Chelsea that he scored 109 goals and provided 92 assists in 352 games in all competitions before he left the Premier League club.
Whenever his form at Chelsea is compared to his form at Real Madrid, the critics of the Belgium international believe that the footballer has finished and properly not good enough to remain at Madrid.
His lack of form at Madrid has attracted interest from Turkish club Fenerbahce that reportedly wants to take him off Madrid on loan since the Belgian still has over three seasons left in his contract with the Spanish club.
But that might not be attainable if Eden Hazard maintains the form he displayed against Deportivo Alaves on Saturday where he scored a goal for the first time in 2021 and provided an assist. Even though Madrid’s coach Zinedine Zidane was not on the bench to oversee the match, Eden Hazard’s first-half goal was part of the four goals Madrid scored against Alaves in the match that ended 4-1.
Zidane’s assistant David Betton who supervised the match on behalf of Zidane who is self-isolating after contracting coronavirus urged Madrid to be patient with Eden Hazard after his stunning performance against Alaves.
“He is creative and spontaneous,” Bettoni said. “He’s had a tough year and a half with injuries. We need to have patience with him.
“Of course, that’s tough at Real Madrid, but we’re happy with him. I think he’ll get better with each match.”
While Madrid’s top striker, Karim Benzema could not help but praise the performance of Eden Hazard, adding that the former Chelsea talisman would create another legacy at Madrid.
“Eden Hazard has one story with Chelsea and another one to create here,” Benzema said. “He was good today and we need the best of him.”
Real Madrid’s next match is against Levante on January 30, scheduled to kick off at 16:15. Afterward, they will play against Huesca on February 6. The club’s coach might not be available for the game against Levente but he might return before the game against Huesca if he tests negative for coronavirus twice before then.