How Carlo Ancelotti Is Planning to Revive Eden Hazard’s Career at Real Madrid

How Carlo Ancelotti Is Planning to Revive Eden Hazard’s Career at Real Madrid

  • Eden Hazard's Real Madrid career is set to receive a boost with reports indicating that head coach Carlo Ancelotti will accord him more playing time
  • Hazard's time in Spain has been calamitous with fitness concerns putting the former Premier League star on the sidelines
  • Ancelotti will use Hazard as a false number 9 whenever Karim Benzema is rested in what promises to be a packed calendar year

Real Madrid's head coach Carlo Ancelotti is said to be working on a blueprint to salvage Eden Hazard's career at the club.

Hazard has been underwhelming, often plagued by injuries since he made the switch from Chelsea in 2019. He is yet to live up to the name he built for himself during a stellar seven-year stay in England.

Eden Hazard, Carlo Ancelotti, Real Madrid, Karim Benzema
Carlo Ancelotti is set to hand Eden Hazard more opportunities next season. Photo by David S. Bustamante.
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He has only featured 66 times for the Los Blancos and scored six goals. Ancelotti's plan involves playing Hazard as a false 9 when the main striker Karim Benzema is rested.

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Hazard's favourite position is on the left wing but the emergence of Vinicius Junior has made it impossible for the Belgian to break through. The Daily Mail reports that Ancelotti intends to rotate between Benzema and Hazard next season as the World Cup approaches.

Benzema will soon be turning 35 and there will be concerns if he can still perform at high levels. Hazard was often used in the false number 9 role at Chelsea by managers Maurizio Sarri and Antonio Conte.

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The winger was signed from Chelsea in 2019 but has endured a difficult three years in Madrid due to constant injuries. This season, the Belgian has only started seven games.

Vinicius Junior has enjoyed a remarkable campaign that Hazard has had to contend with a place on the bench.

Source: Sports Brief News