Real Madrid – La Liga Feeling the effects of a lack of continuity
On his return to the starting eleven, almost a month and a half after his November 28 injury, Eden Hazard barely showed anything against Osasuna.
The Belgian started for the first time since that injury, having played 15 minutes against Celta Vigo, but he offered very little, and he doesn’t have his usual spark yet.
Zinedine Zidane didn’t want to wait any longer to put him into the side, and threw him in from the beginning at Osasuna, despite the adverse conditions in Pamplona. But the gamble didn’t work and the Belgian, on the left, did close to nothing. He was supposed to spark his teammates into life, but he was barely noticed.
Hazard has just two goals and nine games to his name this season, and his lack of continuity is harming him. He’s suffered a series of physical setback that have slowed. Him down and he’s some way off the physical form of his teammates.
It hasn’t been an easy season for Hazard, and he had barely accumulated half an hour of football in the three games he featured in since his return and before the game at El Sadar.
Osasuna provided him with his first real test, but he didn’t make the most of his 75 minutes on the pitch. Maybe adding minutes will help, and it’ll take him more time to get back to his best.