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Hazard ‘one goal’ from kick-starting Real career

MADRID, Sept 30, 2019 (BSS/AFP) – Eden Hazard said on Monday he is ‘one
goal’ away from launching his Real Madrid career having failed to score since
joining the Spanish club this summer.

Hazard, 28, who cost Real 100 million euros ($109 million) in July, is yet
to get off the mark during the new season with his appearances restricted to
four matches due to a thigh injury.

“Honestly I feel at 100%, the injury is behind me. When I start scoring,
being decisive, having good matches, it will all come together,” Hazard said
ahead of playing Club Brugge in the Champions League on Tuesday.

“That’s what I’m missing, one good match, one goal, one pass, something to
start my season.

“When I say it’s down to confidence, once I’m confident, I’ll give my best
on the field.”

The 102-time Belgium international, who signed for the Spanish giants
after impressing for Chelsea in the Premier League and Lille beforehand, only
made his competitive debut for Zinedine Zidane’s side in mid-September due to
the injury sustained in pre-season training.

Hazard has been the target of negative attention from the Spanish press,
with some claiming he was overweight ahead of the new campaign.

“It’s normal that the criticism exists, they don’t hurt me, not at all.
I’ve never paid them attention, I know when I play well, I know when I don’t
play well,” he said.

“There was my injury, everybody expected I would score three goals a game.

“I need a little time, it’s up to me to give my maximum in training, take
pleasure on the field, like I’ve done my whole career, and the goals will
come,” he added.

Real host Brugge after falling to a humiliating 3-0 loss to Paris Saint-
Germain in their opening Champions League game of the campaign.

They sit top of the La Liga table after seven matches with France
international Karim Benzema their top goal-scorer on five, followed by Wales
forward Gareth Bale on two.

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