UEFA Champions League: Is Hazar’s Time?

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Madrid (AFP)

Belgian striker Eden Hazar hopes to show his true image and lead his team, Real Madrid, to the quarter-finals of the Champions League Friday, when he meets Manchester City in the second leg of the final price.

The multiplicity of injuries disrupted the first season of Hazar with the “royal team” since he joined his ranks coming from Chelsea in the summer of 2019 for 100 million euros, as he missed the beginning of the season due to a muscle injury he suffered in exercises prior to the start of competitions, followed by three months because of the second injury He suffered in November, and his condition was renewed again in February.

Hazar benefited from the forced vacation that the world witnessed as a result of the crisis resulting from the outbreak of the new Corona virus in recovering and returning to participate in his team’s matches after the resumption of activity after three months of stopping.

Real Madrid need Rimontada to make up for their 1-2 loss at home in the Santiago Bernabeu to qualify for the quarter-finals.

The match is a challenge to French coach Zinedine Zidane, who is aspiring for the fourth title in the European competition with the “Merengue” after 2016, 2017 and 2018. Likewise, for the 29-year-old Belgian international, who missed the first leg because of the injury.

It will also be an opportunity for Hazar to put his mark on the match and impose its presence, thus putting an end to rumors and comments, according to the commentary of the sports newspaper “Marca” issued in Madrid.

Hazar, who has played 116 caps for his country, is struggling to justify the 100 million euros Real Madrid paid to join him.

The Belgian scored one goal and passed seven decisive balls in 21 games with the royal team, which is very far from the statistics of his colleague French striker Karim Benzema (26 goals in 46 games).

The player who started his career with Lille the French told UEFA, “I describe myself as a pass rather than a goal. I prefer the decisive pass, and I also want to score beautiful goals at the last minute, goals that make winning.”

Consecutive injuries

Hazar didn’t expect his first season with Real Madrid to be this difficult.

He was out of action for nearly three months after injuring his right ankle during the match against Paris Saint-Germain (2-2) in the UEFA Champions League in November. Then the same injury renewed shortly after he recovered against Levante in the league on February 22, forcing him to undergo surgery in early March.

Hazar suffered another injury after the resumption of “La Liga” against Espanyol on June 28, which cast doubt on the physical condition of the playmaker, but his recovery was swift and he managed to participate in the final match of the season in which his team crowned the 34-time champions in its history.

Hazar played in the return phase of the stoppage only three games out of nine the team fought, and Zidane said at the time: “I condemn he has problems and we do not want to risk him. It is his first year (at Real Madrid) and he wants to help. When he cannot, he is not happy. We want him. In the 100 percent (of his level). ”

“Marca” newspaper confirms that Hazar “no longer feels pain and can be a key element” of Real Friday against City, and that “nobody will remember how much he has been a little rewarded for the team so far” in case they qualify for the quarter-finals of the Champions League.

To reach the final rounds that are being held in a different format from the previous due to the consequences of the “Covid-19” virus in Lisbon between 12 and 23 August, Zidane’s men will have to achieve a result that causes them to overtake the men of Spanish coach Josep Guardiola.

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