Zinedine Zidane 'Very Happy' With Eden Hazard's Goalscoring Return

Oct 31, 2020, 4:30 PM GMT
Eden Hazard, Zinedine Zidane
Hazard opened the scoring for Real with a wonderful long-range effort | Quality Sport Images/Getty Images

Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane was delighted to see Eden Hazard get himself on the scoresheet during the comfortable 4-1 win over Huesca.

The result puts Los Blancos top of La Liga, albeit temporarily, and continues a fine start to the domestic season, putting the disappointment of two Champions League games without a win firmly to one side.

Real were rarely tested against Huesca, and their composed performance allowed Hazard - who has had to contend with a multitude of injury problems after moving to Madrid from Chelsea in the summer of 2019 - to shine in an hour-long showing, highlighted by a stunning opening goal.

Eden Hazard, Sergio Ramos
Hazard was mobbed by his team-mates after his goal | Quality Sport Images/Getty Images

After the game, Zidane touched on the importance of Real taking as many chances as they did, before revealing his delight at Hazard's contribution.

“It was important to add goals to this performance,” Zidane said, in a post match interview withEl Chiringuito TV. “These are three important points. We have come into this from two games where we left a lot of energy.

“I am very happy to see Hazard score his first goal of the season We must be patient with him, but we know what a player he is.”

Hazard's goal was a reminder of the quality that he often showed during his seven-year stay with Chelsea, as he glided through Huesca's defence before firing an arrowed 25-yard drive into the corner with his weak foot.

Zidane oversaw a Clasico win last weekend, but Real are struggling in Europe | OSCAR DEL POZO/Getty Images

He also played a role in Real's third goal, scored by Fede Valverde, as his neat back-heeled flick set Karim Benzema away on the halfway line, before his precise reverse pass allowed the Frenchman to get to the byline to tee up the goal.

The 29-year-old was withdrawn on the hour, as Zidane introduced Vinicius Jr, but his showing will offer plenty of encouragement as Real look to secure back-to-back La Liga titles. They do need to get their act together in the Champions League though, with a shock defeat to Shakhtar Donetsk on matchday one followed up by a fortuitous 2-2 draw with Borussia Monchengladbach.