If La Liga leaders Real Sociedad have David Silva; pretenders to the crown Atletico Madrid have Joao Felix, and Barcelona eventually get back the best version of Lionel Messi, then Zinedine Zidane knows his Real Madrid team will need their very own Merlin if they are to win the league. 

Only one man fits the bill and if Eden Hazard gets fit and stays fit no one doubts he will be the one to put the magic into Madrid’s season.

Hazard was candid after he scored in Real Madrid’s victory over Inter on Wednesday night. ‘I need to play more, I need to build up my confidence,’ he said. When asked how he could get that confidence he said in his improving Spanish: ‘Play! On the pitch.’ 

Zidane knows only game time can bring the best out of the player he urged Real Madrid to sign for so long, and has since spent so long waiting to get back to his best. Continue reading

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