It’s so hard or almost impossible to replace a player like Cristiano Ronaldo’s stature. Ronaldo left Madrid in 2018 and joined Juventus. The 2018-19 season was a nightmare that the fans would like to forget.
Real Madrid signed Eden Hazard from Chelsea in 2019 for around €100m in a bid to replace Ronaldo. But the Belgium has admitted that it was the worst season of his career despite winning the league.
Hazard was injured for the most part of the season. A hamstring issue delayed his debut for Los Blancos along with that his weight issues played a part in the first phase of the season. He started just 21 games in all competitions.
Real Madrid won the Supercopa Espana and the LaLiga but Hazard knows that he has contributed very little to the cause.
The Belgium told Franceinfo: “There have been injuries, but I hope next year will be even better. Even if this season had not been terrible for me, I couldn’t have asked for a better experience than coming here and winning the league in my first year.”
“This year, it is collectively that we won the title because on an individual level I have surely had the worst season of my career.”
“It was a somewhat bizarre season with everything that happened. The season is already very good, but I think it can be even better if we progress from our last-16 second leg of the Champions League.”
“When you play for Real Madrid, you want to win all the possible titles. The next one, it has to be the Champions League, even if it’s going to be difficult because we have to play at Manchester City and they have a very nice team.”
Hazard said about Zidane: “We all know Zidane as a player, he was the best. As a coach, we don’t even need to describe him anymore. He has proven, in just a few years, that he is already one of the best coaches. He trusts his players and his players trust him. That’s why it works.”
Real Madrid are on course to concede the fewest amount of goals in a 38-game LaLiga season in their history, and Hazard thinks having “one of the best centre-backs in history” in Raphael Varane has been key.
Hazard said: “In my career, I have known very great defenders, such as John Terry or Vincent Kompany.”
“I think Rapha, even though he is still young, is already one of the best centre-backs in history. The partnership he has with Sergio Ramos is great.”
After winning the LaLiga for the first time since 2017, Zidane’s men now have eyes on the Champions League, though they lost the first leg of their last-16 tie against Manchester City 2-1.
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