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Zidane calls for patience as Hazard brings Real Madrid back to Elche draw

The Belgium international overcame his latest injury to play his first minutes for Los Blancos since November

real Madrid Head coach Zinedine Zidane called for patience after Eden Hazard returned from injury against Elche on Wednesday.

Hazard’s time at Madrid was marred by injuries and he suffered his last setback on November 28, as he was. from his team’s match against Alaves with thigh strain.

The Belgian missed a month of action and was an unused replacement when he returned to Madrid’s squad of the day last week against Granada.

Hazard saw the pitch on Wednesday, coming in for the final 13 minutes of draw 1-1 of his team.

In his post-match press conference, Zidane addressed Hazard’s status as well as Martin Odegaard, who was an unused substitute against Elche and has not seen the pitch since December 1 due to a combination of injuries and the decision of his coach.

“We made three changes tonight and Martin wasn’t involved, but that’s okay,” Zidane said of the Norway international.

“Hazard is back tonight, but he needs time and games under his belt. It’s about taking it step by step,” he added.

Luka Modric opened the scoring at 20 minutes against Elche, but Madrid were caught early in the second half by a penalty from Fidel.

Zidane felt the key to the game was his side’s inability to find a second goal in the first half, as Madrid have won five straight games the league came to a halt.

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

“They fell deeper and we struggled in the second half. It’s just the way things are in football and we have to keep going. If you look at the first half it’s a case of two points lost, but we must continue to work hard.

“Everyone will end up losing points. It’s a very difficult league. We had produced a number of good performances leading up to tonight’s game and we lost two points here, but we have to keep doing what we’re doing because it’s a very long league season and there is a long way to go. to browse. “

The draw saw Madrid lose two points behind Atletico Madrid, who won earlier on Wednesday to extend his lead atop the La Liga table. Diego Simeone’s side also have two games going against their city rivals.


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