Chelsea Midfielder Brilliantly Breaks Down Why Eden Hazard Is Struggling at Real Madrid

Chelsea Midfielder Brilliantly Breaks Down Why Eden Hazard Is Struggling at Real Madrid

Rene Otinga
updated at April 12, 2023 at 7:55 PM
  • Saul Niguez, on loan at Chelsea from Atletico Madrid, tried to break down the difference between the Premier League and La Liga
  • The Spaniard believes it is hard to adjust to the Spanish league especially if one is coming from the Premier League
  • He used Eden Hazard as an example, saying the Belgian is struggling with the tactical nature of the La Liga

Midfielder Saul Niguez has come up with an interesting take on why Eden Hazard is struggling at Real Madrid, nearly three years since leaving Chelsea.

Hazard, now 31, has failed to replicate the form that saw him become a world-class footballer since making the switch from Stamford Bridge to Santiago Bernabeu for £88 million.

As a Real Madrid player, Hazard has recorded a mere six goals and 10 assists in 61 appearances since moving to Spain.

Eden Hazard
Eden Hazard has struggled to rediscover his apart at the La Liga with Real Madrid. Photo by Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno.
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This season, he has only managed the solitary goal in 18 games.

To be fair to Hazard, his spell in the La Liga has been hampered by injury and fitness issues, something that has been a source of frustration for the Real Madrid fans.

Saul Niguez, currently at Chelsea, is not very surprised that Hazard has not hit the heights he did at Chelsea in the La Liga.

“It’s totally different”

In a Q and A with the Chelsea website, Niguez was asked the difference between the Premier League and La Liga, and he used Hazard as an example.

"Over there (La Liga), it’s much more tactical, whereas here it’s more physical and a bit crazier. There’s more back and forth, it’s less about having control of the game and more about entertaining the fans,” he analysed.

"You can do things here that you really can’t do in La Liga," he added.
"For example, I was talking to my friends the other day about Eden Hazard. When he was here, he was easily one of the best players in the world and then he goes to La Liga and has his own difficulties because it’s a totally different game.

The Spaniard goes on to say it is difficult to adapt from the Premier League to La Liga than the other way round.

Real Madrid knocked out of Copa del Rey

Hazard was an unused substitute on Thursday, February 3 as Real Madrid were knocked out of the Copa del Rey by Athletic Bilbao.

Alex Berenguer got the decisive goal in the 89th minute as Bilbao continued their dream run in the competition this season.

With the game meandering towards a draw, , substitute Berenguer cut inside and drilled an impressive strike past the Real Madrid goalkeeper to stun Carlo Ancelotti’s men.

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