Real Madrid 2-2 Club Brugge: 4 talking points | UEFA Champions League 2019/2020
#3 Eden Hazard still failing to provide a spark
A transfer that was nine years in the making finally came to an end when Eden Hazard arrived Real Madrid for a club-record fee of €100m in June.
The 28-year-old had starred with Chelsea for seven seasons and had elevated himself as one of the premier players in the world and it was expected that he would bring this form with him to the Bernabeu to help lessen the impact of Cristiano Ronaldo's departure.
An injury sustained a day to the start of the new campaign delayed his Real Madrid debut, but having made his much-awaited return in the 3-2 LaLiga victory over Levante in the middle of September, it has been one subdued performance after another from the Belgian skipper. He even admitted at a press conference that he needed to do more to be considered a galactico, and this need to prove himself seems to be weighing him down.
Against Club Brugge, Hazard seemed unsure of himself and was guilty of trying to be chivalrous by passing to teammates when a player of his ability should have taken shots at goal and he showed his frustration by getting a yellow card in injury time.
It was a very underwhelming performance from Hazard, and while his quality cannot be questioned, he would do well to start rediscovering his best form before a notoriously demanding Real Madrid fanbase turns on him.Published 02 Oct 2019, 04:12 IST