Eden Hazard‘s long journey to becoming a Real Madrid star is… still incomplete.
The longtime Chelsea playmaker, 28, is yet to find a goal or an assist while wearing the shirt of his new club, a run of 267 minutes without production.
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It’s reasonable to think that will change on Tuesday with a UEFA Champions League visit from Club Brugge, as Real looks to shake the bad vibes from its tournament-opening 3-0 loss at injury-hit Paris Saint-Germain.
The advanced stats say Hazard has been below average not just to his standards, but period. Zinedine Zidane claims he is not worried about the Belgian.
“I’m not going to give him any advice, or tell him how he should be. He’s a very important player for us and we want more from him but we have to remain calm. I’m not worried. He’ll succeed here because he’s a very good player and that isn’t going to change. If he shows it tomorrow then that’ll be great.”
For his part, Hazard says the slow start hasn’t been easy to handle, but his best form is coming.
“When I start to score and get some good performances, everything will be easier. I’m missing a goal or assist to start to turn things around,” he added.
It’s worth noting that Hazard’s Chelsea teams were mercurial, and Zidane is getting first-place results without the would-be Galactico contributing much. It could be a decent sign for Real, because the Premier League has seen the heights of Hazard at his best.