Eden Hazard returns to London to face Chelsea, his former club, exactly two years after his last Premier League appearance, a 3-0 victory over Watford. The Belgian, who started for Real Madrid against Osasuna last night, should be fit if his side advances to the Champions League final on May 29th, but the big question is whether he’ll be fit enough to start the second leg of the semi-final at Stamford Bridge.
Since the draw was made on March 19th, Hazard has been preparing to face Chelsea at his old ground. Madrid advanced by defeating Liverpool, while Chelsea defeated Porto. Hazard appears to have contributed by getting in shape for the tie. He played 14 minutes against Real Betis last weekend and 24 minutes against Chelsea in the first leg during the week. He appeared to be in good shape after playing 71 minutes the night before.
Hazard performed admirably against Osasuna. A goal was scored by the Belgian, who also completed 40 passes and recovered four balls. On each flank, he worked well with Vinicius and Marco Asensio, and up front with Karim Benzema, providing creativity through the middle. It’s understandable that Zinedine Zidane might opt for a 4-2-3-1 formation at Chelsea, allowing Hazard to play in his preferred position.
Source: Football Espana