Zinedine Zidane has admitted Real Madrid will “need” Eden Hazard tomorrow as they attempt to dump Chelsea out of the Champions League at the semi final stage.
The last four tie is very much in the balance at 1-1 after the first leg in the Spanish capital a week ago but Chelsea did net a crucial away goal through Christian Pulisic.
Karim Benzema equalised on a rain-lashed evening in Valdebebas to leave the tie all square after 90 minutes but Chelsea with the slight advantage thanks to the away goal.
Madrid have been boosted by the return of Ferland Mendy, Sergio Ramos and Federico Valverde to their travelling part for the game. All three didn’t feature against the Blues in the first leg but are in London with the squad for Wednesday’s game.
A lot of the attention will be focused on Eden Hazard, who came off the bench for the final 15 minutes in the return game but played 7
0 minutes of Real’s 2-0 win over Osasuna in La Liga at the weekend.
It is the first time the Belgian attacker has returned to west London since he left Chelsea for Real in the summer of 2019 in a deal that could end up costing more than £100million.
Hazard has struggled badly with injuries in his near two seasons with the club but according to head coach Zidane, the 30-year-old is fit and pushing for a start against his former employers on Wednesday.
Zidane was asked at his pre-match press conference ahead of the game if it was time for Hazard to “flick the switch” as he returns to his former stomping ground.
“It is a great time for it, a great time for him and I think he is prepared,” Zidane said.
“That is very good for us.
“We are going to need Eden, we know what a good player he is and he is definitely going to be helping the team.
“Eden is here, he is ready and prepared. Tomorrow he will bring his game and show what he wants out of it.”