The Merengues will attempt a difficult comeback against City without their spiritual leader, Sergio Ramos, so they need the Belgian to step forward.
Real Madrid is reunited with the Champions League. Whites have to look at their visit to Manchester City in England a difficult comeback after the 1-2 that they conceded in the first leg in February.
At the time, the comeback seemed like a chimera, but five months later the outlook is more hopeful for the whites. The suspension of the tournament due to the coronavirus has helped the whites recover players for the game, especially the injured Marco Asensio and Eden Hazard and also to Courtois, who, if the duel had been on schedule, would not have played either.
The game, which will give a place towards the final phase of Lisbon, has the air of a revalidation for Hazard. The Belgian has signed a very discreet first season in Spain in which he has barely scored a goal and has missed more games due to injury than he has played. Not even in the final stretch of LaLiga the discomfort has allowed him to shine.
Zidane has not tired of asking for patience with him but the time has come for him to take the step forward that is demanded of him. In the Etihad, without the sanctioned Sergio Ramos, Madrid is looking for a new spiritual leader to pull the car and everyone looks at the franchise player who arrived to replace Cristiano Ronaldo but who for now has only resembled the Portuguese in the number that both have lucid.
For Hazard, the duel against City will mean his return to England, the country where he became a star with Chelsea and 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 “7” merengue played up to 18 times against City but their numbers are not the best: they have a balance of 6 wins, 3 draws and up to 9 losses, with four goals and six assists. However, he does know what it is like to leave Guardiola’s team without a title.
Hazard was the star of Chelsea in the 2016-2017 season in which they beat the Manchester team that Guardiola was already training in both games and scored in the first leg 3-1 at the Etihad and made a double in 2-1 of the second round that practically sentenced the Premier for the team that Conte was coaching then. Now he wants to repeat history to change his destiny in an irregular first season at Madrid.
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