footballAs a false 9, Eden Hazard did not get his stamp in the 45 minutes he spent on the field. Real Madrid lost their first exhibition match of the season, El Clasico against Barcelona in the USA (0-1). Newcomer Ravenha scored the only goal. “We must not draw any conclusions from this,” said Thibaut Courtois, who made Dembele really angry with his saves.
In Karim Benzema’s absence, Carlo Ancelotti tried our compatriot as No. 9 – recovering from the slight overload that kept him away on Thursday and put pressure on Rudiger’s ankle.
Not the position Hazard has the most fun in, let alone the best payoff. At Chelsea, Antonio Conte and Maurizio Sarri – who are also Italians like Ancelotti – have brought him about twenty times in that time.
It was half a long search for chemistry with the Brazilians who surrounded him. He didn’t hit many balls. Getting the right Benzema and Vinicius out of the squad, playing on the left would be a huge task. If he does not break everything in preparation, Hazard will start the season again as a substitute. In the busy schedule leading up to the World Cup, he is Real’s first reserve in two offensive positions.
In the first half, Ancelotti changed six players. This is how things work in friendlies, matches from which very big conclusions are often drawn. Especially because it’s the first after weeks of intense training. Courtois played the whole game. He went wide just before the break to keep Rudiger and Araujo separate after a brawl following a tackle on Vinicius.
Robert Lewandowski made his Barcelona debut.
Courtois: “Hazard can help us a lot”
Despite the defeat against Barcelona, Thibaut Courtois remained calm. “We don’t have to draw any conclusions from this, preparation doesn’t matter. Some of us have only been back in training for a week. I remember we lost 3-7 to Atletico once and then we beat them twice in the league that season. I feel good about myself. I didn’t go to The national team in June for the treatment of Ani. I am now at a good level.” Ousmane Dembele suffered from this too. “He got angry at my export,” Courtois laughed.
At Real Madrid, Eden Hazard played on the False Nine. “Eden has done really well this week and I think he can contribute a lot to the team,” Courtois said. “Without Karim (Benzema, injured, editor), we have to see how Eden works. He feels comfortable – his injuries are a thing of the past. A few days ago, Rüdiger used him for training and he stood up straight away. He has no problems.”
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