Fit-again Eden Hazard can ‘bring a lot’ to Real Madrid during Champions League semi-final against Chelsea, says Zinedine Zidane

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Zinedine Zidane has confirmed Eden Hazard is fit to face former club Chelsea in the Champions League and says the Real Madrid star can ‘bring a lot’ to the team during the semi-final tie. Hazard has endured a difficult spell at Madrid following his £89million move from Stamford Bridge in the summer of 2019, missing 58 matches through injury. The 30-year-old has scored just four goals in 37 appearances for the Spanish club and played his first game in over a month on Saturday as Madrid drew with Real Betis. Zidane has confirmed Hazard goes into Real Madrid’s Champions League semi-final tie with Chelsea injury-free, however, and insists he can contribute to the team. Hazard scored more than 100 goals for Chelsea and helped the club win two Premier League titles, two Europa Leagues and the FA Cup during his time in west London. ‘I don’t see Eden having any doubts,’ Zidane said on Monday morning. ‘He looked very good on the field the other day. ‘That was the important thing, not feeling any of his old problems. Now he is good, and now to push on.


‘We are happy to have him with us, he will bring a lot to the team.’ Chelsea have largely impressed since Thomas Tuchel replaced Frank Lampard as manager in January and Zidane expects a ‘tough game’ against the Blues. ‘It is a semi final so we expect a tough game,’ he said. ‘I don’t think we will be seeing a Chelsea team that will sit back and defend. ‘We know they defend well but they also attack well. If you look at recent games, we have created lots of chances and goals coring opportunities, and hopefully we will see the best version of Real Madrid trying to hurt Chelsea.’

Real Madrid have a brilliant record in Europe, having won 13 European Cups, while Chelsea are bidding to win the Champions League for only the second time. Zidane added: ‘Chelsea have a good record in this [season’s] Champions League and they deserve to be in the semi, as do Real Madrid. ‘It is going to be a different semi to what we have seen in the past. It’s true we have experience, but so do the Chelsea players in lots of competitions. ‘We have to focus on the present day. We have to focus on putting in two performances because we are working to achieve qualification for the final.’

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