He needs time, and it was his first start in two months, but Eden Hazard still hasn’t got going as a Real Madrid player.
Excuses are always made to justify why the Belgian hasn’t offered anything close to his Chelsea form in Spain yet, be it because of injuries, a lack of minutes, or the quality of the pitch in Pamplona, but the reality is that he arrived in July 2019, and it’s now January 2021.
Real Madrid as a whole were missing in El Sadar. The trip to Pamplona started badly with the chaos surrounding the flight, and it was just as disappointing on the pitch as well, which managed to look green because of Osasuna’s staff’s incredible work.
Zinedine Zidane got his changes wrong. He took off their best player in Marco Asensio, which was a decision that was hard to understand, and Los Blancos have now dropped even more points, drifting further away from Atletico Madrid and ever closer to Barcelona.
There wasn’t just one, but there were 50. Those staff who left the pitch in a playable condition after storm Filomena had dropped an enormous amount of snow on Pamplona deserve enormous credit.
There was just a little snow and ice left on the pitch, but the work done was outstanding.
Zidane gave Hazard a place in his XI, but the Belgian was cold and anonymous. He hasn’t started life at Real Madrid yet, but we’re now in the middle of his second season at the club.
Zidane‘s plan is to give him the minutes he needs to get back to his best form, but it’s hard to know if and when that will come.
Thibaut Courtois was alert, and he had to be. He did very well to prevent Osasuna from taking the lead, and he earned his clean sheet. The Belgian is someone that Los Blancos can count on for a long time to come.
Real Madrid barely had a sniff at goal in the first half, which explains Zidane‘s anger at the break. The champions had more possession, but they couldn’t find a way to hurt their hosts.
Why did Zidane take off Marco Asensio? He was the best player in white. The Frenchman didn’t have his best day when it came to the changes he made, and nothing he tried came off. It was a bad day at the office.