Why Real Madrid Must Be Patient With Eden Hazard

Real Madrid assistant coach David Bettoni believes fans need to be patient with Eden Hazard.

Into his second season, the Belgian still needs to justify his €120m price tag.

Riddled with injuries and a significant period needed to adjust, Hazard has a long way to go in pleasing the Madrid faithful. He was brought in as a veteran attacker, tasked with leading Real’s frontline. So far, that has not been the case.

“I think Eden has had a tough season and a half with Real Madrid,” Bettoni told a news conference. “We have to be patient with him, although obviously in football and especially at Real Madrid, we don’t really have time to be that patient but with Eden I think we have to be.

“He had a very good game, scoring a goal and getting an assist and I think we’ll see the best of him eventually. We saw a little bit of that today.”

Hazard did score once and set up another in the 4-1 win over Alaves. He was taken off for Vinicius Junior later in the game.

“It was a change because we wanted to bring on Vinicius to give us a bit more pace,” Bettoni continued. “I think Hazard had a very good hour on the pitch and it was basically just to change things, to add a bit more pace to the front three and nothing more than that.”

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