A sign Real Madrid must be careful with Eden Hazard in November

Real Madrid, Eden Hazard (Photo by Diego Souto/Quality Sport Images/Getty Images)
Real Madrid, Eden Hazard (Photo by Diego Souto/Quality Sport Images/Getty Images) /

It is wonderful to see Eden Hazard in the Real Madrid lineup each week, but the club must be proactive in November to make sure he remains healthy.

Real Madrid left winger Eden Hazard has already had a transformative impact on the team in his first three appearances since returning from an injury. Hazard’s first game of 2020-2021 came against Borussia Monchengladbach as a substitute, in which Real overcame a 2-0 deficit on the road to rescue their first Champions League point of the campaign.

Then, Hazard drew the start over the weekend vs. Huesca, scoring a brilliant goal from long range to give Real a lead they would not relinquish. In that same game, Karim Benzema had his first brace of the season.

And on Tuesday, Hazard started in a 3-2 win over Inter Milan, creating the corner that Sergio Ramos scored. Despite not having a direct goal contribution, Hazard was one of the top performers on the pitch.

So you can see the impact Eden Hazard has on Real Madrid. He is their superstar player and holds the key to their success in the Champions League this season.

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November is a huge month for Los Blancos. They already beat Inter Milan once, but they must play Inter again later. Real also have big matchups ahead in La Liga against Valencia at the Mestalla and Takefsua Kubo’s Villarreal.

Real Madrid will need Hazard in these matches, but they’ll also need to manage his minutes. In general, managing his minutes is a good idea. Vinicius Junior and Rodrygo Goes could use the playing time on the left, and Hazard needs to be kept fresh.

But there’s now another incentive for Zinedine Zidane to play things safe with Hazard, even though the November schedule is tough.

MARCA’s Pablo Polo reports that Belgium national team manager Roberto Martinez plans on calling up Eden Hazard and playing him for three games in the upcoming international break. Belgium have a friendly on Nov. 11 against Switzerland and tough UEFA Nations League matches against England and Denmark that following week.

The international break is a source of frustration for most football fans, as they have to see their club’s stars play a lot of meaningless games – nobody cares about the UEFA Nations League – at the risk of injury. And these games are played in close proximity of each other, which is even more grueling. Real Madrid already play a tough schedule, so it’s sadly common to see players injured over these breaks.

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Real cannot afford any injuries to Hazard. Hopefully, Belgium are sensible and limit Hazard’s minutes, perhaps even only playing him against England and keeping him in reserve against Denmark. But Martinez and the country’s decision-makers, of course, will have their own motivations for playing one of the nation’s all-time greats.