Zidane requires endurance as Hazard makes Real Madrid return in Elche draw


Real Madrid coach Zinedine ZidaneReal Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane

Real Madrid head coach Zinedine Zidane has referred to as for endurance after Eden Hazard made his return from harm towards Elche on Wednesday.

Hazard’s time at Madrid has been blighted by accidents and he suffered his newest setback on November 28, as he was pulled from his facet’s match towards Alaves with a thigh pressure.

The Belgian missed a month of motion and was an unused substitute in his return to Madrid’s matchday squad final week towards Granada.

Hazard did see the sphere on Wednesday, approaching for the ultimate 13 minutes of his facet’s 1-1 draw.

In his post-game press convention Zidane addressed the standing of Hazard in addition to Martin Odegaard, who was an unused substitute towards Elche and hasn’t seen the sphere since December 1 as a result of a mixture of accidents and his coach’s determination.

“We made three modifications tonight and Martin wasn’t concerned, however there is no concern there,” Zidane said of the Norway international.

“Hazard returned tonight, however he wants time and video games underneath his belt. It’s a case of taking it step-by-step,” he added.

Luka Modric opened the scoring on 20 minutes against Elche, but Madrid were pegged back early in the second half through a Fidel penalty.

Zidane felt the key to the match was his side’s failure to find a second goal in the first half, as Madrid’s five-game winning streak in La Liga came to a halt.

“We created a number of chances in the first half to have got that second goal, which would have allowed us to be more relaxed, but when they got the equaliser, everything became that bit more difficult for us,” Zidane stated.

“They dropped deeper and we struggled in the second half. That’s just the way things go in football and we’ve got to keep going. If you look at the first half, it’s a case of two points dropped, but we have to keep on working hard.

“Everyone’s going to end up dropping points. This is a very tough league. We had produced a number of good performances coming into tonight’s match and we’ve dropped two points here, but we have to keep on doing what we’re doing because it’s a very long league season and there’s a long way to go.”

The draw noticed Madrid fall two factors behind Atletico Madrid, who gained earlier on Wednesday to increase their lead atop the La Liga desk. Diego Simeone’s facet even have two video games in hand over their metropolis rivals.

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Zidane requires endurance as Hazard makes Real Madrid return in Elche draw