Hazard to make Real Madrid debut in La Liga

Saturday, September 14th, 2019 00:00 |
Eden Hazard.

Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane said Friday that big-money summer
signing Eden Hazard has been passed fit and will make his long-awaited
La Liga debut against Levante on Saturday.

"We all want to see Eden," said Zidane. "There's a lot of pressure on
him, a lot of expectation. But he is ready and that is the most
important thing."

Hazard was expected to make his debut in Vigo in the opening round in
mid-August after joining Madrid for an initial 100 million euros from
Chelsea in June.

But the Belgian pulled up with a thigh strain at the club's training
base in Valdebebas and had to sit out the first three weeks of the
season during which Real struggled, collecting one win and two draws.

Zidane, however, called for patience as Hazard finds his feet again.
"We have to go gently," he said. "He (Hazard) was injured for three
weeks, he has been back for a week.

"We have seven games in 21 days and we will have to go gently. It will
be up to me to keep an eye on his minutes and his playing time,
because we need him over a long period, for several matches, not for

Hazard's return is timely for Madrid who also start their Champions
League campaign against Paris Saint-Germain next week, especially as
Luka Modric was druled out this week with a groin strain.

"The season starts now," said Zidane. "We have seven games in 21 days
and I think that's what we need, anyway, to play, make matches,
compete... that's what players want."

The Frenchman also shrugged off criticism of the team following their
indifferent start to the season.

"The comments, everything that is said, that's not going to change," he said.
"We know what we want to change within (the team), we will do
everything to do things well. Enough talk, we have perform on the

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