Ancelotti congratulates Hazard on defensive efforts against Athletic Club
Carlo Ancelotti delivered his verdict on Eden Hazard’s performance against Athletic Club on Wednesday night.
Despite the ravages of 11 absent due to coronavirus concerns, injuries and suspensions, Los Blancos still managed to extend their La Liga top lead to San Mames.
A fine brace from Karim Benzema decided it, Real Madrid winning 2-1 to take an eight-point lead in the lead.
For the second game in a row, Hazard has started for Real Madrid after spending much of this season struggling to pierce Ancelotti’s plans.
And the Belgian has mastered the defensive game rather well, which Ancelotti demands of his wingers.
And the Italian said it after the game. He said: “Danger, of course, is good for the team. He did well, fought, he threatened and came back.
Speaking about Hazard and Vinicius Junior, Ancelotti added: “They have understood well what the team has to do in the defensive phase and they have done well. They worked and they produced quality.
“The difference has been the defense, not the offense because we have great people.”
Hazard will likely struggle to keep his starting spot for Real Madrid’s next outing, a clash with Getafe after the international break.
Rodrygo and Marco Asensio will both return for this game, and it will be interesting to see how ruthless Ancelotti is with his selection for this game.