Real Madrid forward Eden Hazard has stated that he would like the club to have more minutes on the pitch.
Hazard has been limited to just one start for Los Blancos this season. The Belgian has played just 158 minutes in four games in La Liga and the UEFA Champions League, recording one goal and one assist.
With Karim Benzema picking up an injury in the team’s Champions League opener at Celtic, many expected Hazard to get a run. The latter notably recorded his two previous goals this season in that game against the Scottish side.
However, the forward remained on the bench throughout the league derby at Atletico Madrid.
Hazard has now spoken out about his lack of time on the pitch saying (as quoted by brand above Fabrizio Romano on Twitter):
“It’s a delicate situation as I want to play more. I feel good at Real Madrid, yes – but I know what I can do when I play.”
“There were difficult times when I wanted to play and … I don’t play.”
The slow start to the 2022/23 season is the latest in an already long list of setbacks Hazard has endured since joining the Santiago Bernabeu in July 2019.
Injuries have repeatedly prevented the Belgian from claiming a place in Real Madrid’s squad. In his three full seasons with the club leading up to this season, he made just 66 appearances in all competitions, scoring six goals and providing ten assists.
Real Madrid’s Eden Hazard starts for Belgium in the win against Wales
After a disappointing start to the club season, Hazard linked with his national team for the ongoing international break. Belgium will take part in two UEFA Nations League games before the end of September.
Roberto Martinez’s men met Wales on Thursday (22 September) at the King Baudouin Stadium in Brussels. Hazard started the game and put in a decent display before being substituted for Leandro Trossard in the 65th minute.
The Red Devils won the game 2-1 thanks to goals from Kevin De Bruyne and Michy Batshuayi in the first half.
In his time on the pitch, the Real Madrid star made three key passes, the second-highest for Belgium behind De Bruyne (seven). Hazard also completed 94% of his passes, including all of his four long ball attempts, and won four fouls.
Although he didn’t score a shot on target, it was a promising performance from a player who has been struggling for regular minutes on the pitch lately.
https://www.sportskeeda.com/football/news-there-ve-difficult-times-i-want-play-and-i-don-t-play-real-madrid-star-opens-delicate-situation-involving-playing-time?utm_source=feed&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=sportskeeda “There’ve been difficult times when I want to play and … I don’t play” – Real Madrid star opens up on ‘delicate situation’ involving playing time