Former Chelsea star Glenn Hoddle has said that Real Madrid are not playing collectively and Eden Hazard may have joined the club at the wrong time. The Belgium international made the move to Los Blancos after years of speculation this summer but he has yet to make a meaningful impression for the Spanish giants.
Hazard recently earned his maiden start for Los Blancos during the Champions League opener against Paris Saint-Germain but he struggled to make an impact as the club succumbed to a 3-0 loss. Speaking after the game, Hoddle said that Zinedine Zidane’s side seem to lack the desire to play as a team and fears Hazard may have joined the Madrid giants at the wrong time.
He told: “For many years you’d look at them and think they only want to play when they’ve got the ball. Collectively they don’t want to defend. Their midfield are loose. They let runners go, no one tracks anyone. That collectiveness as a team, they look as if they’re playing like individuals. I just worry that [Eden] Hazard has gone there at the wrong time.”
Hazard played more as an individual player at Chelsea but he was benefited from the fact that his teammates regularly looked for him to make the difference. However, that has not been the case with Los Blancos at the current point of time and hopefully, the other players can show the eagerness to link up with the Belgian sooner rather than later.
Los Blancos have made a decent beginning to the league season and they have accumulated eight points from the opening four matches. This sees them a couple of points behind leaders Sevilla, whom they are scheduled to face on the road this weekend. Zidane will be hoping for better discipline from the team after seeing a player sent off during the past two away games.