Eden Hat’s hatch on Thursday brightened up Real Madrid’s training session. He had so many traits that made Zinedine Zidane so eager to sign it last summer.
There were two right footed goals from the left wing, the second of which kissed the underside of the crossbar before touching the back of the net.
And there was an arrival with the right foot, rolled up close after taking a pass from Karim Benzema with whom he was supposed to form a brilliant partnership with during his first season.
Real Madrid star Eden Hazard has been shooting since training since his return to action recently
The winger showed Zinedine Zidane exactly why he wanted to sign it with a superb hat trick
The goals were scored on one of the training grounds of the Valdebebas training complex outside Real Madrid, just a long kick from the club’s B team Alfredo di Stefano stadium where they will play their last six home games of the season. .
A modest venue with a capacity of 6,000 people for what could turn out to be an extraordinary ending for Hazard’s first year in Madrid if he leads the club to the title after having surpassed the lead by two points from Barcelona.
The first of these last home games will take place next Sunday against Eibar, one day after the first anniversary of Hazard’s presentation at the Bernabeu.
Not all players like the glitzy presentation that Real Madrid tends to do with more ostentation than any other club, but Hazard has. He swung the ball at the end of his nose, he kissed the badge. And when he sat in gray suit in front of the Madrid media, he looked like a man ready for the biggest move of his career.
A year later and with only one goal to his credit, he still finds himself with everything to prove.
The consolation after what was a difficult first season hampered by fitness problems, injuries, and then an unprecedented hiatus caused by a pandemic, is that Madrid more than ever needs a talisman, someone to step up and lead him down the line, and it’s not too late for Hazard to be that leader.
Belgian star looked perfectly fit for Madrid at lavish presentation ceremony last year
Hazard showed his laps to his new supporters by juggling the ball on his head upon arrival
The attacker’s first season in Spain was disappointing and hampered by injuries
He did so at the end of last season when he was brilliant in the Europa League final when Chelsea beat Arsenal 4-1 in their last game for the club. He must start again and this time not more than 90 minutes but more than 11 games.
The statistics don’t look good right now. One goal and five assists in 15 games. Last season, it was 21 goals and 17 assists in 52 games with Chelsea. Fitness and physical fitness have surpassed the edge of a cliff by € 100 million (£ 89 million).
He presented with hamstring problems that delayed his debut until September 14 when he managed a half hour in a 3-2 victory over Levante at the Bernabeu.
He then suffered an ankle injury in late November that kept him away for two months. And when he returned, it took barely three weeks before he was diagnosed with a tibia fracture that appeared to have ended his season.
Given a second chance by the extension of the campaign, he reacted well to training under the watchful eye of Grégory Dupont, the physio of Real Madrid with whom he first worked in Lille.
Zidane is a longtime sponsor of Hazard and hopes he will get back to his best shape
The Belgian has managed just one goal and five assists in 15 games with Madrid this season
He impressed the club with the way he was more fit and taller than some of his teammates and certainly in better shape than the previous summer when he later admitted being five pounds overweight after the excess from his well-deserved break after last season’s marathon. .
His honesty saved him time with the notoriously impatient supporters of Real Madrid.
“My first season was bad, but it’s an adaptation season,” he told RTBF. “I will be judged on the second.”
He’s talking about the 2020-21 campaign of course, but the math could come sooner than that.
Real Madrid have been as good as Barcelona in all departments except the most important area – it has struggled to score goals.
Still feeling the absence of Cristiano Ronaldo, they dominated the games without punishing the teams and scored 14 times less than Barcelona.
Real Madrid needs a leader more than ever, and it’s not too late for Hazard to step up.
The 29-year-old is back in fitter training than his teammates
Hazard’s concordance with Benzema, seen four days ago on the training ground, is what Zidane hopes to see many by the end of the campaign.
“He is the best player around which Madrid could build his team,” Hazard coach Roberto Martinez said on Saturday. “It is at its peak and I am still confident that it will be a success for Real Madrid. “
There are no euros this year when Belgium would have been one of the favorites to win the tournament. Instead, it’s all about giving his long-term sponsor Zidane what he most wants: the national crown.
If Hazard finds his best shape in the next 35 days and Madrid ends up with the championship title, what he would have done in February when he was injured seemed completely impossible – he will have had his first assault season in Spain.