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It would probably be an understatement to say that Real Madrid’s weekend fixture was a success.
In reality, it was much more than that – it was a dominant performance that finally saw Zinedine Zidane’s troops show what they are truly capable of as they dismantled Eibar away from home.
The final result is actually quite telling of that story. After all, 4-0 victories are not really seen that often, even when we’re talking about a side as big as Real Madrid.
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But this was fully deserved as Los Blancos were the better side throughout the 90 minutes and they never gave their opposition an inch to take.
And one big reason behind their commandeering victory was actually Eden Hazard.
The Belgian played what was most likely his best game in the royal white kit of the Galacticos to date. Ever since he arrived from Chelsea last summer, expectations were high and rightly so, considering we’re talking about a player who scored 110 goals in 352 games he played for the Blues.
But even though he wasn’t on the scoresheet against Eibar, he was definitely one of the best players on the pitch.
After all, he warranted an 8.64 rating according to WhoScored and got his marks without actually scoring or assisting. This just goes to show how influential he was for the Galacticos.
The Belgian forward tallied an incredible seven dribbles on the night and deployed one key pass in the process.
Apart from that, he also maintained 86.5% passing accuracy, managed one shot and recorded 64 touches in the process, which shows how involved he was in all the proceedings on the pitch.
We should also mention that he deployed three crosses on the night and that all four of his long balls found their targets.
Without a doubt, it’s not really a surprise that his brilliant performance coincided with Real Madrid’s and resulted in one of their best displays in the ongoing 2019/20 campaign as a whole.
If this was any indication at all Zidane’s troops could fully emerge from their cocoon once Hazard does the same, and on his most recent display he might be well on his way to doing exactly that.
Let’s see if he can maintain this good form moving forward.