Carlo Ancelotti has reaffirmed there is no problem with Eden Hazard, who is finding Real Madrid game time hard to come by.
Hazard was an unused substitute in both of Madrid’s Supercopa de Espana matches last week in Saudi Arabia.
As Los Blancos went on to win their first trophy of Ancelotti’s second spell in charge.
The former Chelsea star, who turned 31 earlier in January, has endured an injury-hit time at Santiago Bernabeu since his big-money move in 2019.
While he has the main avoided injuries so far this season, Hazard has only made eight starts across all competitions, with his game time totalling 724 minutes.
Eden Hazard Stats for Real Madrid:
Hazard has only completed a game on one occasion this season, having been subbed off in his other seven starts.
And he has only assisted on two occasions from 27 chances created, failing to score himself.
Per 90 minutes played, Hazard has had 66 touches, with eight in the opposition area.
Vinicius Jr, who has excelled on the left flank – Hazard’s preferred position – under Ancelotti, averages nine touches in the area per 90 minutes played, and he has featured 28 times this season in total.
The Brazil international creates 2.2 chances per 90 minutes and he has been directly involved in 22 goals (15 goals, seven assists), second only to Karim Benzema in Madrid’s squad (33 – 24 goals, nine assists).
Ancelotti told a news conference when asked about Hazard and Gareth Bale, who has played just 193 minutes across three appearances in 2021-22.
“It is true that the two have had many setbacks due to injuries.”
“Hazard has been doing well from a physical point of view for a month and a half. ”
“I don’t have to advise Hazard, he has the character and the experience to choose the best for him.”
“The quality of the two could have helped us more, but it’s only been the first part of the season.”
“Hopefully, the second half can be better.”
“Nothing strange has happened between us, simply that there is competition and the coach.”
“Which is me, has to choose the best for each game.”
“I try to be fair and choose the best, Sometimes you are very good and you don’t play.”
“I’m also talking about Nacho, [Dani] Ceballos, Isco, [Luka] Jovic.”
“Nothing has happened, only that there is competition in the team and I have to choose the best in each game.”
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