Hazard punctures the balloon

Despite the heat of the time, Eden Hazard left cold before him I raised to a large part of the Madrid fans. The Belgian, who made a great game in Mendizorroza On the first day, it was a shadow in the Ciutat of Valencia, where he passed without pain or glory. In the 59 minutes he was on the field of play the fearful Hazard was seen again, too far from his best version.

He only touched the ball 34 times, completing 23 passes and losing 5 balls.. He fired twice and only one of them was on target (a shot from outside the area that covered Aitor without too many complications). But beyond the statistics, the worst were the sensations. Whenever he received the ball it was static and usually far from the rival area. At no time was it harmful to Levante, who watched him perfectly and gave him no options.

Hazard has completed this preseason arriving in great form, something that has not happened in his first two years in white. In addition, under the orders of Ancelotti and with the help of Pintus you are carrying out a personalized plan to regain your best physical tone. Nevertheless, it has become clear that it is still a long way from achieving it. That he will need more training and game time to reach his top.

To this we must add the mental factor. Ancelotti affirmed at a press conference that he does not see “a player afraid of going to crash”, But the truth is that there is a certain mental blockage in some actions. Last year he already worked on this aspect, but he also lacks work. The main thing is to continue to gain confidence with minutes of play and Carletto is willing to give it to them. He defended it after the match: “He played a good game”. The Italian is aware that he will need his best version if he wants to fight for titles.

Hazard’s problem is that he is running out of credit and his teammates, rivals for their place in the team, are pressing from behind. Vinicius saved Madrid against Levante with two goals and Rodrygo I accompany him curdling a few very good minutes. Bale, who also starts as a starter, was better than him in the Ciutat. He must react now or it will be difficult to keep him in the eleven.