Real Madrid Still Waiting For Chelsea Former Superstar Eden Hazard To Crack-Up After Another Poor Display In Atletico Derby
Real Madrid's loss against Paris Saint-Germaine just less than two weeks ago was very bad news for everyone at the club, Especially Eden Hazard.
It was enough failing to make any impact in the Parc des Princes on his big Champions League debut for Real Madrid but worse was to come.
As the attention shined on Zinedine Zidane and the shadow of Jose Mourinho loomed large approximately big changed on the French coach's strategies board – defence became king.
On Monday morning in Spain, and after the Madrid derby ended in a 0-0 draw that sees Zidane's side stay top of La Liga, Diario AS even selected for a headline proposing Real Madrid's coach had morphed into Diego Simeone.
'It's not just about greater passion, it's about greater solidness,' said Zidane on Saturday night proud of the way his team now close the space out between the lines and drop back into something impending a 4-5-1 when they lose the ball. They have not conceded in three games since the Paris debacle.
All this means that any dreams Hazard had of fluctuating around Karim Benzema to come for the clever flicks into space, all without a great deal of defensive accountability are gone.
He is being played wide of a front three in a 4-3-3 but there are major defensive accountabilities. He had to track Kieran Trippier on Saturday in the Metropolitano and a week before that, it fell to him to follow the forward forays of Jesus Navas as he attacked from full-back.