Belgium has offered great night yesterday beating Wales 2-1 in the Nations League, with the main news, the mandate of Eden Hazard. With the armband on his arm, the Belgian played a good hour of play before being substituted in the 65th minute by Trossard. We saw him in good shape, assuming his responsibilities and with a smile, something rare in three years. Injuries have so far left him alone since the start of the season. It bodes well with less than two months to go until the World Cup now.
“It was a pleasure, we played a good game, especially a very good first half. We won the game, we took the three points and we went to Holland to prepare well for the World Cup. I know what I can do when I play. It’s up to me to try and get as many minutes as possible and get to the World Cup in good shape.” he explained after the final whistle. Against the Netherlands on Sunday, it is simply first place in Group 4 that will be at stake, the Batavians holding a three-point lead over their neighbours.
Hazard asks for playing time
A Hazard in form will not hurt to try to reverse a rather compromised situation despite everything. “We will see what the coach decides to do. If I play, I will be the happiest.” Because the attacking midfielder considers himself ready to continue, especially in a club where he only occupies a luxury substitute role. And yet. He also took advantage of this post-match interview to send Ancelotti a message. “You have to ask him the question, when you see him, tell him”responds when asked if the Italian coach trusts him.
A thinly veiled reproach. “I want to play, they were difficult times, because I want to play but I don’t play. But I give everything, I want to be on the pitch. I feel good at Real Madrid, it’s that I play less, but when I do play, I play well. It is a complicated situation. I want to play more, I know I can contribute more. Picking up the pace, I’ll be back, but I just have to play.”secures No. 10. Hazard has so far only featured in four game finals with the White House, including just one tenure.