Real Madrid – Opinion The opinion of Carlos Carpio
On Saturday, the worst Barcelona side of the past decades thrashed Granada away from home to move just three points behind Real Madrid. They were led by a Lionel Messi who is already the outright top scorer in the division after several months playing below his usual level. Real Madrid went up next and couldn’t score against an Osasuna side that defended together and in a well-organised manner. Against Real Madrid and with Karim Benzema jammed in front of goal, that’s enough. After Benzema, the next scoring options are Casemiro or Sergio Ramos. Vinicius? Nothing. Mariano? Nothing. Luka Jovic? Nothing. Eden Hazard? Nothing
The Belgian started for the first time since his umpteenth injury on November 28. Between that, the snow, the difficult journey and the excuses that some want to use, his contribution was minimal. That has been the case for the past year and a half. Hazard isn’t even a shadow of the superstar that had success in the Premier League and that has been the result of his injuries as much as it has been the result of his lack of demand. He has only played 31 matches out 75 possible (28 percent of the minimum). He has only shown glimpses of his talent and just three goals. At the age of 30, he can’t dribble past players and is less direct and without confidence. I’m not just talking about his most recent game, but about the 30 previous ones too. Or about many of the ones he couldn’t play because he doesn’t look after himself.
Zinedine Zidane has so much faith in him that he is interrupting the progression of Marco Asensio, moving the Spaniard to the other flank so that the so-called leader is happy. It’s all for a Hazard who isn’t responding, who isn’t appearing, who isn’t decisive and who isn’t leading.