Zidane hoping Hazard can shine for Real against Chelsea
Posted On May 5, 2021
Zinedine Zidane says it would be a ‘good time’ for Eden Hazard to find form against Chelsea.
His Real Madrid side will travel to Stamford Bridge on Wednesday night in the second leg of their Champions League semi-final.
It’s 1-1 in total after the first leg, with Christian Pulisic and Karim Benzema on target in Spain last week.
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Hazard had a tough time with Real since getting her dream move in July 2019.
He was signed for well over £ 100million but has yet to reimburse those fees, marking just three times that tenure.
Speaking about Hazard in a pre-match press conference, Zidane said: “It’s a good time for him, and I think he’s ready, and it’s great for us.
“We’re going to need Eden. We know how good a player he is and he will definitely help the team.
“Eden is here with us, he is ready, he is prepared.
“We know its quality. He’s going to bring his natural game and he’s going to show what he wants to do there. I’m happy with it.
Defensive pillar Sergio ramos missed Real’s last seven La Liga games.
Asked about the Spaniard’s physical form, Zidane continued: “I’m not going to take any chances, Sergio is with us and that means he’s ready to play; that’s it.
“I’m not going to tell you now if Sergio will play or any other player.
“He’s here with us and that means he’s fine, it’s the most important thing for us, to have our leader with us, to have our captain with us. As I said before, all the players who are here with us are ready. All.
“We are in the semi-finals of the Champions League, we are all going to fight to the death on the pitch. All the players are ready to play, and of course I have to choose a team.
“All the players are ready to play, don’t worry.”
Zidane’s managerial rival that night will be Thomas Tuchel, who turned Chelsea into a formidable team since i became boss in january.
They have the away goal thanks to Pulisic, so a clean sheet in London would see them reach the final.
Chelsea last won the European elite competition in 2012 with Didier Drogba and co.
Real and Zidane, meanwhile, won the Champions League three consecutive years between 2016 and 2018 before Liverpool ended their continental dominance.