Former Chelsea player Damien Duff severely criticized Eden Hazard, pointing out his professionalism and his weight problems when he arrived at Real Madrid.
Seeing Eden Hazard in the field has become an event. Tuesday night against Chelsea, the Real Madrid winger entered the last half hour of the match. It was the first time he had played in a Champions League meeting since November. In almost two seasons with the Merengue, the Belgian has so far played only 38 games, for only four small goals. A performance very far from expectations.
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“He was never a great professional and he never had the application of Messi or Ronaldo, underlined Damien Duff, former player of Chelsea (2003-2006) and current assistant of the Irish selection, for the Daily Mail. If that was the case, you would probably mention it with those two players. “
Duff talks about Hazard’s weight
Flamboyant in Chelsea, transparent in Madrid, Hazard is no longer the same player since his transfer. The Belgian has been hampered by numerous injuries, but Duff is pinpointing other aspects. “He arrived for his first preseason with overweight Real. Fat. Call it whatever you like, said the Irishman. When you get bought by Real Madrid at that price, you come in preseason in the form of your life. But he got overweight because he was coming back from vacation. “
Damien Duff, an eccentric midfielder during his career, also gave his opinion on Hazard’s play. “He is 30 years old and he relies on his dribbling speed, his sharp side. We all know that after 30 years, these qualities diminish,” he said. The Irishman however played until 36, retiring in 2015. If he does the same, Eden Hazard therefore still has a few years ahead of him to make people forget this complicated beginning of history with Real.