« No, you’re not playing well »: the vitriolic Edito of a Spanish media on Eden Hazard

One way or the other, everything always goes very quickly in football. But in Spain perhaps more than elsewhere. And it’s not Eden Hazard who will tell you otherwise. This Friday, a particularly denigrating comment was written in the AS media. Its author is Carlos Carpio who is a journalist for our colleagues. « No Hazard, you’re not playing well, » he captioned.

At the start of the season, all of the Spanish press was rather enthusiastic about the idea of ​​finding the real Eden Hazard. His ankle operation, the aborted transfer of Mbappé to the capital and his declarations at the end of last year were going to revive the player trained at LOSC? « Madridistas, I’ve been here for three years with a lot of injuries and problems. But next year I’m going to give everything for you! » he shouted in front of a cheering crowd. « Eden Hazard once again raised his voice. This time his words were disappointing. Especially for the Madrid fans who on May 29 had hoped that the Belgian’s revival was still possible. Today they know that this is not the case, » said the journalist.

A few months later after this speech, the atmosphere is indeed different. Author of a goal and an assist in the Champions League against Celtic, the number 10 of the Devils found the bench after one or the other more tasteless performance. And this despite the absence of Karim Benzema. Ancelotti now preferring Rodrygo to occupy the axis. A new disappointment for the captain of Belgium.

Especially since he didn’t shine with the national team either. Especially against the Dutch where the Brainois was a shadow of himself. « Hazard has taken a decisive step on the road to its sporting decline: that of self-delusion », adds the journalist. « A path that others, like Kaka or Bale, have already taken in their later years, and from which there is no going back. The day when, instead of fighting to reverse the reality you live, you start lying to yourself, refusing to accept it, you are lost. »

After the victory over the Welsh, Eden Hazard had a few words about his situation at Real. « I feel good at Real Madrid, it’s just that I don’t play, » he told RTL microphones. « When I play, I play well. I know I can always do more but as I said before, by picking up the pace I will become the Eden Hazard we once knew. »

For the journalist, Eden Hazard hides his face. « It’s an old formula that consists of taking advantage of the distance of being with his national team to criticize, in a more or less veiled way, the lack of opportunities given to him by the coach. As if Eden’s problem was with Ancelotti rather than with himself. » He also points to the « difficulty of going from being a world star to not even being in the coach’s five changes… But to say that when he plays he plays well is not doing him a favor. « 

The conclusion is also revealing of the state of mind of the Spanish press towards the former Chelsea player. « For three years, Hazard hasn’t even been a shadow of his former self. He’s indebted to Real Madrid for keeping him. The least he can do is not cause (more) problems. « 

With the Spanish press, you always have to be wary. She can praise you one day (like in her performance against Celtic) to stab you the next day (like in her next performance against Mallorca). Basically, it’s a fact, Eden has not yet become Hazard again. But he lacks the rhythm to find himself completely. The wounds seem far away. Which is great news but only minutes will bring back the sensations. Especially since there will be no preparation before the World Cup. On the other hand, difficult to criticize the choices of Ancelotti. A winning coach is always right… and the Italian has won his nine games since the start of the season. No reason to change his tune then.

Finally, to say that Eden Hazard is a ‘problem’ is totally wrong. In the Real dressing room, he is absolutely adored by all his teammates. It does not represent any danger for the balance of the group. And that’s partly why the merengue number stayed at the Casa Blanca this summer.

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