Roberto Martinez: If Hazard played the whole 90 minutes for Belgium, I’d be shocked.

Roberto Martinez doubts Eden Hazard’s ability to play for 90 minutes in either of Belgium’s two 2022 World Cup qualifiers against Estonia and Wales.

Hazard has struggled to get into Carlo Ancelotti’s Real Madrid starting lineup this season, having only played 359 minutes in LaLiga Santander for Los Blancos.

Eden Hazard “may play the whole 90 minutes” in one of their two games during the November international break, according to the Spanish coach.

Hazard must move “slowly and step by step,” according to Martinez, since “he hasn’t played much football” this season.

Despite this, Belgium coach Marc Wilmots is “proud” of Hazard, who is “mentally good” and “ready to confront the games ahead.”
Thorgan Hazard, Hazard’s brother, spoke about the Real Madrid forward’s present condition and stated why he is failing to get into the first team.

“It’s up to [Real Madrid’s] coach or president to make such a decision, not me,” Thorgan Hazard remarked.
“Vinicius is in excellent form right now at his position, and Real Madrid is winning games.”

“Eden is here because he is Eden, a world-class athlete, and our captain. The coach will determine whether he plays on Saturday, but he has always been like that, and if I can assist him, I will.”

Source Marca

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