Real Madrid: Eden Hazard’s return and 5 burning questions from a 0-0 draw vs. Real Betis

Real Madrid, Eden Hazard (Photo by GABRIEL BOUYS/AFP via Getty Images)
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Real Madrid, Eder Militao
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Was Eder Militao the best player on the pitch?

I could end with another negative here and discuss Isco’s poor performance in midfield, or I could even pick apart some of the substitute appearances. But it’s better to end on a high note. Although Real did not perform well as a team, not all was bad on Matchday 32. Specifically, Eder Militao was superb once more.

The Brazilian center back has come on strong since starting for Raphael Varane, who tested positive for COVID-19 but has since returned, in the first leg of the Champions League quarterfinals vs. Liverpool.

Militao was good in the first leg, better in El Clasico, and better yet in the second leg of the quarterfinals. And with stellar performances against Getafe, Cadiz, and now Real Betis, the streak continues for the former FC Porto man.

He made a couple of brilliant interventions to thwart Betis striker Borja Iglesias, who probably would have bagged a decisive goal against anyone else in this league. Militao is playing with supreme confidence right now, both on the ball and in the way he goes into tackles.

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His technical quality and intelligence in defense are great and really shine through when he’s able to play relaxed and with confidence. And it is Madridistas who should be relaxed, too, since Militao makes the future feel secure, even as rumors continue to swirl around Varane and captain Sergio Ramos. For me, he was the Man of the Match for two straight weekends in 0-0 conditions.