- Eden Hazard has scrutinized by the Spanish press for his performance against Athletic Bilbao
- Real Madrid were eliminated from the Spanish Super Cup semis as Hazard had no influence in the game
- The Belgian superstar was taken off in the early parts of the second after his lackluster showing
Eden Hazard did not complete a single take-on when Real Madrid last to Athletic Bilbao by 2-1 in the Super Cup semi finals, Sport Bible.
The Belgian attacker was substituted in the 67th minute for failing to make an impression in the game and the Spanish media have lashed out at the former Chelsea star.
The 29-year-old has endured several injury spells at the Santiago Bernabeu since his big money move from Stamford Bridge in 2019.
Spanish news media outlet AS' headline said: "Hazard has no place" and state that he "is going from bad to worse".
The article went on to review Hazard's performance saying that he had no influence in the game and had no tendency of creating chances for Los Blancos.
It also said that Hazard's end product is disappointing as writer Agutin Martin wrote:
"He received a ball from Casemiro inside the area, but he clearly didn't know what to do: Does he shoot, or force a penalty that never came... it was a constant: he wanted and could not (or did not know), he choked when facing defenders.
"The bad thing is that he begins to repeat performances like this. And the rumour that he does not deserve to be a starter begins to run through the circles of Madrid fans."
"Madrid awaits him and there is no time. Eden also has no place for now. He is looking for it, but he needs to earn it: with performances like against Osasuna or against Athletic, no short-term solution is seen..."
Hazard's last goal for Real Madrid was against Huesca in over a year, making it three strikes in 32 appearances since his arrival.
However, Zidane admitted the former Lille star is finding it difficult to get his confidence back.
"He needs to recover confidence, play a great game or score a goal, just to do something different. We know what a great player he is and we need to be patient with him as he is working hard," he told a press conference.
"We are behind him and must give him time. The fans want to see the best version of Eden so we must be patient.
"We're sticking with him and he really wants to step up."
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had earlier reported that two first-half goals from Raul Garcia were all Athletic Bilbao needed to progress to the final of this year's Spanish Super Cup.
Victory over the La Liga defending champions means they will face Barcelona in the next stage of the championship.
Ronald Koeman reached the last stage of the competition following their 3-2 triumph over Real Sociedad on penalties having played 1-1 in the regulation period.
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