“The duplicity of Ancelotti?  Ask him about it."  National team for Hazard - an outlet, a challenge and a chance


On Thursday, the Belgian national team scored a confident and important home victory over Wales (2: 1), continuing the fight with the Netherlands team for the first line in League Group A. Both goals of the hosts were made by the duet of Kevin de Bruyne – Michy Batshuayi. The Manchester City midfielder first waited for a partner to pass on the penalty line, from where he skillfully put the ball into the near corner, and then, after a solo pass, shot into the free zone at the far post, where the Fenerbahce forward ran in time.

Real Madrid midfielder Eden Hazard spent just over an hour in this game in a very controversial match. On the one hand, he managed to bring his partners to the blow three times. On the other hand, with the total preponderance of the Red Devils, it was not so difficult to do this. At the same time, 94% of broadcasts clearly demonstrate that in most cases he made not the most difficult decisions. For comparison, De Bruyne, who delivered an amazing match, with seven key passes, their accuracy was “only” 83%.

The reason for such a cautious game of Hazard is his lack of self-confidence, which only worsened as the game progressed. So, having tried to beat opponents three times, he lost the ball every time. And this provoked him to choose to save the ball more often than to sharpen the attack.


After the game, being angry at the whole world, he broke down in a conversation with a journalist: “I just want to play. I had a difficult time because I rarely went on the field, but I give all my best because I really want to play. This is a difficult situation. I know that I can bring more value to the team, but for this I need to play more. Picking up the pace, I want to get back to the highest level.

Is Ancelotti two-faced, who repeats that he believes in me, but leaves me in reserve? You should ask this question to him. Ask him when you see him.”

The player could not restrain himself, answering a question about the head coach of Real Madrid, Carlo Ancelotti, in which he has almost no match practice. The problem really exists. During the celebration of the creamy’s 14th victory in the Champions League, the Belgian said that he would do his best to return to the base and become the leader of the team, but in fact he spent only 98 minutes on the field in six rounds of La Liga. And this despite the fact that Karim Benzema dropped out due to injury.


The Italian specialist really did not seem to be able to figure out how to manage the Belgian’s capabilities. In the summer, he tried to fit Eden into team formations as a false nine, but here the winger fell under tight guardianship and could not show his best qualities. At Chelsea, he became a star thanks to his complete freedom on the field and the ability to fall on the flanks (mainly on the left), but Ancelotti was adamant. His logic can be explained by the fact that on the left there is already an unconditional base player Vinicius Junior, and on the opposite side, the right-hander Azar will not be able to threaten the goal on his own.

On the US tour, the Belgian did not leave a solid impression and entered the season as an understudy for Benzema. The only bright moment at the moment is the match at Celtic Park, in which the Frenchman was injured. Hazard then came on as a substitute in the 30th minute and chalked it up 1+1. And if the goal is not too indicative (from a few meters he sent the ball into an empty net), then a pass through the center and a productive pass to Luka Modric will turn out to be spectacular.

This suggests that even numerous injury problems and a long downtime have not completely erased the skills of the once flamboyant winger, although psychologically he is still in the hole, as evidenced by the match against Mallorca that followed immediately after returning from Scotland. Ancelotti put Hazard in the start, but an hour later he pulled out of the game. Whoscored rated his effort at 6.41 and Rodrigo’s performance at 9.5.

The mentor asked Hazard to open at a second pace, as Roberto Firmino does at Liverpool. It turned out so-so, but Ancelotti still praised the ward. “There were no free zones for the striker, although he tried to look for them, as I asked him. He made room for the others, it was a very positive match for him,” said Ancelotti.

And then in the next two games against Leipzig (2:0) and Atletico (2:1) he never let go on the field, preferring Rodrigo, who makes better use of the space behind the backs of the defenders. Thanks to this skill, an account was opened in the Madrid derby.

So Azar’s discontent can be understood. He follows the instructions of the coach, receives compliments from him, but still rarely takes the field.


Against this background, a trip to the national team has become an outlet for Hazard. Roberto Martinez trusts him no matter what. “There is a lack of minutes, but he has a very good mentality and he is full of enthusiasm. He has a lot of work to do, but he has not missed a single training session, ”the Spaniard emphasized, at the same time admitting that the ward is missing for more than an hour. Therefore, he replaced the player in the match with Wales.

However, even this game time allows the winger to feel the rhythm of the game again, and the coach’s trust helps mentally. For Hazard, it’s a chance to return to the Santiago Bernabéu more prepared to compete against the top form Vinicius and Rodrigo. If you do not use it, you can finally settle in the reserve until the end of the season, especially when Benzema returns. After all, according to AS, Real Madrid is not considering the option of renting a player in the winter.

Ahead of the Belgians decisive match in the group. On Sunday they go to the Netherlands, where they need to win by at least four goals. The task seems unrealistic, but it is the perfect challenge for Hazard to prove to Ancelotti that he is ready to be one of Real Madrid’s key attackers. Otherwise, in the summer you can follow another player acquired from the Premier League for a hundred million, Gareth Bale, who left to enjoy football in the MLS.

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Source: Sovsport

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