Capello: ‘Hazard is having troubles with the weight of playing for Real’

Former Real Madrid coach Fabio Capello has high hopes that Eden Hazard will have a better second season at the Spanish giants. The Belgian winger completed a €140m move from Chelsea last summer but has not been living up to the expectations. Capelle says it is the weight of wearing the jersey of a club as big as Real Madrid that has made it difficult for Hazard.

“He hasn’t been the player he was at Chelsea and he was injured for a long time, he hasn’t adapted,” Capello told Marca. “I’ve always thought of him as a great player but the Real shirt weighs heavily and Hazard has sunk this year. It’s clear that he’ll be better next season.” Hazard has been limited to 21 appearances for Real due to several injuries. The winger himself admitted it ‘was his worst season of his career’.

With Hazard failing to impress, Karim Benzema has stepped up. “He’s become a benchmark for Real,” Capello added when discussing Benzema’s form. He has taken on responsibility that he didn’t have when he played with Cristiano Ronaldo, he has a nose for goal and he’s shown it.” Benzema netted 21 goals this season, helping Madrid land their 34th league La Liga crown.