Carlo Ancelotti Explains Reason for Dropping Eden Hazard in Real Madrid’s 3–1 La Liga Victory Over Espanyol

Carlo Ancelotti Explains Reason for Dropping Eden Hazard in Real Madrid’s 3–1 La Liga Victory Over Espanyol

Chukwu Ikechukwu
updated at April 12, 2023 at 8:10 PM
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  • Carlo Ancelotti revealed Eden Hazard coming on as a substitute in Real Madrid’s 3-1 victory against Espanyol would have made his team unbalanced
  • Karim Benzema scored two late goals to help Los Blancos secure their third consecutive win in La Liga this season
  • Real Madrid have secured 9 points from their opening 3 La Liga games and remain on top of the league table as they try to defend their La Liga title

Eden Hazard was an unused substitute as Real Madrid dug deep to secure their third consecutive La Liga victory against Espanyol on Sunday, August 28.

The La Liga reigning champions needed Karim Benzema to bail them out with two late goals to defeat a stubborn Espanyol team 3-1 at the RCDE Stadium.

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Eden Hazard is yet to start a game for Real Madrid this season. Photo by Soccrates Images
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Real Madrid manager, Carlo Ancelotti has now revealed his decision not to field Eden Hazard at all in the encounter even when Los Blancos were chasing a winning goal late on, Sportskeeda reports.

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“Hazard might have been an option, but I didn't want to unbalance the team. We already had Rodrygo, Vinicius and Karim playing. Bringing on another forward could have been risky.”

Eden Hazard is yet to start a game for the Galacticos this season to help compound his miserable stay at the Santiago Bernabeu so far.

Ancelotti confirms no more summer signings for Real Madrid

Real Madrid manager, Carlo Ancelotti has shut the door on any more incomings at the Santiago Bernabeu this summer with just 2 days to the end of the transfer window.

According to Marca, Marco Asensio's future remains uncertain and Ancelotti stressed that Real Madrid has no intention to sign a replacement in the event the Spanish forward departs.

Real Madrid signed defender Antonio Rudiger on a free transfer from Chelsea and midfielder Aurelien Tchouameni from Monaco for an €80 million fee but missed out on Kylian Mbappe after he opted to stay at Paris Saint-Germain this summer.

Real Madrid continue unbeaten start to new La Liga season

Earlier, Sports Brief reported Real Madrid go marching on. Los Blancos required late heroics from Karim Benzema to down Espanyol in Barcelona.

In a first half played at an extremely fast tempo, Madrid dominated possession, leaving Espanyol with no real chance going forward until the last ten minutes.

Vinícius Júnior was the biggest threat for Madrid going forward and grabbed Los Blancos’ first goal in the 12th minute.

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