This article is part of Football FanCast’s In Numbers series, which takes a statistical look at performances, season-long form and reported transfer targets…
Wednesday night was a huge for both Eden Hazard and Real Madrid.
The former Chelsea man started his first Champions League game for Los Blancos following his summer switch from Stamford Bridge against PSG at Parc des Princes.
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However, it will be a game he’ll soon want to forget, given that the Galacticos were beaten 3-0 on the night by a superior side.
And Hazard was a major contributing factor to the defeat, turning in a rather underwhelming performance.
He had just one shot during the game, deployed one key pass and had four dribbles to his name. When we also factor in that he registered only 54 touches, 36 passes and just 80.6% passing accuracy, the picture becomes that much clearer.
Perhaps it’s not the worst performance of the Champions League proper’s opening round, but Real needed more from the Belgium international.
After all, if you pay £89m for a player, a Galactico, for that matter, he has to perform instantly and become the talisman.
Of course, he could take some time to get going, but his reputation has gone against him here – his display not befitting his price tag.
With Real slipping to a disappointing defeat, it has become clear that he will have to start delivering sooner rather than later.