The Belgian is the player who most faced the Citizens over his past in Chelsea. Real Madrid needs it for the Champions League rematch.
Real Madrid changed the chip to get into mode Champions League. The white squad will have its last day of rest on Monday after winning La Liga and from Tuesday it will move again to prepare for the second leg of the second round against Manchester City.
Zinedine Zidane’s team has to look for a complicated comeback after the 1-2 that they suffered in the first leg in February when they visited England. At that time, the comeback seemed like a pipe dream, but five months later the outlook is more hopeful. The suspension of the tournament due to the coronavirus helped the merengue team to recover players for the match, especially the injured Marco Asensio and Eden Hazard and also to Thibaut Courtois who, if the duel had been on schedule, would not have played either.
The game is an anticipated final to be in the final at 8 in Lisbon and has a touch of approval for Hazard. The Belgian signed a discreet first season in Spain, in which he barely scored a goal and missed more games due to injury than he played. Not even in the final stretch of La Liga did the discomfort allow him to shine.
Zidane did not tire of asking for patience with him but it was time for the talented footballer to take the step that is demanded of him. In the Etihad, without the suspended Sergio Ramos, Madrid is looking for a new spiritual leader to pull the car and everyone looks at the franchise player who came to replace Cristiano Ronaldo, but who at the moment only looked like the Portuguese in the number they both wore .
An opponent who knows but does not dominate
For Hazard, the duel against City will mean his return to England, the country in which Chelsea became a star and where he won all the titles at Stamford Bridge. In fact, the Citizens are the rival he faced the most times during his time in the British Isles.
The Belgian played up to 18 times against City but his numbers are not the best as he has a balance of 6 wins, 3 draws and up to 9 losses, with 4 goals and 6 assists. However, he does know what it’s like to leave Guardiola’s team without a title.
Hazard was the star of Chelsea in the 2016/2017 season in which they defeated the Manchester team that Guardiola was already coaching in both games and scored in the 3-1 victory in the first leg at the Etihad and made a double in the 2- 1 of the second round, which practically sentenced the Premier for the team that Antonio Conte was training at the time. Now he wants to repeat history to change his destiny in a fateful first season at Real Madrid.
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