Real Madrid – La Liga Raul Varela gives his opinion
“When he was fit…” were the words of Luka Modric, with his usual good-natured smile and no doubt a touch of the nostalgia the pandemic has infected us all with, when talking about his Real Madrid teammate Eden Hazard.
The Croatian was speaking along with Zinedine Zidane on Wednesday ahead of Thursday’s Supercopa de Espana semi-final against Athletic Club, when Hazard will have another opportunity to turn the page and get fit.
This notion has everything to do with confidence, something that, for example, Modric has never lacked, regardless of his contractual situation, age or the setting, whether winning in an empty Valdebebas or drawing in the snow in the game of excuses, or not, depending on whether you listen to Zidane or Javier Tebas.
Hazard will line up in attack for Thursday’s Supercopa semi-final after having missed last season’s experiment in Saudi Arabia with injury.
He will do so hoping to put a year and a half of injury problems behind him.
For Zidane, the challenge is to avoid Hazard becoming the new Kaka for Real Madrid.
And to do so, as Modric, a former Ballon d’Or winner, said, he needs to get fit again.