It is safe to say that Eden Hazard’s reputation is almost as damaged as it once was.
Declared the best in the world, who was not named Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo just a few years ago, Hazard’s move to Real Madrid almost destroyed his legacy. Costing the best of £ 150 million and failing to stay healthy, he is about to go down as much as he can on the worst blockbuster transfers of all time.
The big performance on a huge stage is the only way for Hazard to save his time at Real and fortunately the platforms do not come much better than the second match of the semifinals of the Champions League against Chelsea.
There is no denying that Real is not at its best at the moment. They are lagging behind in the La Liga title race and probably Must you are no longer in this European relationship. Chelsea could have won three of four at the beginning of the first half and will be confident that they will repeat this performance on Wednesday.
This doesn’t happen too often, but it’s one of those cases where Real are actually outsiders.
Last week, Karim Benzema stood up to be awarded with an excellent solo goal to keep Real alive, and Hazard must do the same here to have a chance to justify his solid price and save his legacy.
Hazard should send a reminder to Real fans (and the wider world) why many think he deserves to be in the Golden Ball talk more than he is. Chelsea fans appear to be the only supporters to fly his flag, with the Blues remembering seven years of exquisite service at Stamford Bridge.
It’s hard to blame anyone for what went wrong with Hazard. Fans have a right to be disappointed with their latest Galaxy, but at the same time the rotten luck of the Belgian means that he deserves a little more understanding.
Fortunately, there is optimism that this could be a turning point for danger. Reports show that he has finally shaken off the problems that plagued his time in Madrid, and what better way to start a new era than with a major performance on his old pitch to seal a place in the Champions League final?
There is something almost poetic in the fact that this opportunity will come against Chelsea. The Blues did so much for Azar’s career (and he more than paid for the service) and now they could be the ones to save him.
Of course, it may be some time before we see anything close to danger before 2019. The man has just turned 30, has not started back-to-back fights since January and has more injuries than happy memories of the last two years. . There’s so much to do that it’s not even funny.
For now, it’s all about baby steps. It is a matter of restoring that reputation and there is no time like the present.
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