Liverpool are predicted to win the Champions League final. The Reds are in the hunt for their seventh European title but a former Blues could be destined to delay the inevitable. Real Madrid will be a test for Jurgen Klopp’s side as they have a fully fit Eden Hazard at their disposal. Vinicius Jr’s hard work will not go unrewarded and he is very likely to play on Carlo Ancelotti’s left wing. However, there is still room for a dangerous cameo.
If there’s a player who has never fought against Liverpool, it’s Hazard. The former Chelsea forward was always a force to be reckoned with during his Premier League years. Since leaving the Blues, he has suffered multiple injuries that have hampered his flow of play and chances in the Real Madrid shirt. In his three years at Los Blancos, Hazard has made just 66 appearances and played 3344 minutes.
It’s quite sad how his dream turned out, but there is a chance for him to redeem himself against a team he knows well.
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Real Madrid have confirmed Hazard is part of the squad ahead of the Champions League final. The Belgian had his ankle plate surgically removed and is now free to play. He seems to be using the old Hazard again in training and wants to reach the final. I have a hunch Hazard will try to make a name for himself whether he starts or comes off the bench.
Chelsea fans have fond memories of Hazard breaking through Liverpool’s defenses in previous years. He last danced into the last third in 2018 before unleashing a ball past the goalkeeper. The Belgian has the gift of impressing his opponents. Current Liverpool left-back Andrew Robertson knows all too well the crippling nature of an in-form Eden Hazard.
“When I was at Hull I played against Eden Hazard,” Robertson continued This Peter Crouch podcast.
“He ripped me apart at Stamford Bridge. It’s a game I never thought I would recover from!”
Unfortunately for Robertson, he meets an even hungrier version of Hazard at the weekend. If he gets the chance to play, Hazard has sent a warning. Hopefully Hazard can repeat that on Saturday night and keep Robertson wide awake on Friday night as he worries about facing the Chelsea legend.
Ahead of the final, he said: “I’m ready just in time to play a role in the Champions League final. I didn’t want to go as fast as last time. The trainer understood my situation, as did the medical staff. We have worked well. Now I feel really good.”
“The coach knows that I still have a contract until 2024. My first three seasons at Real didn’t go well, so I want to show everyone what I can do. Starting this Saturday. It’s always been a dream to play for Real.” It still is.”
If there’s anything to learn from Hazard, it’s that he can perform miracles against his opponents. I’m curious if Ancelotti will use his trick from the bench this Saturday.