Former Real Madrid manager Fabio Capello says the weight of expectation on Eden Hazard affected his performance in his first season at the Los Blancos.
Hazard made the big-money move to the capital-based club last summer from Chelsea for a whooping sum of €100 million but failed to make the expected impact.
There were high hopes on the Belgian on his arrival at Madrid but he struggled with injury and loss of form and he was limited to just 21 appearances in all competition.
Capello believes the weight of wearing the Los Merengues jersey played a huge factor on the 29-year old poor form in his first at the Bernabeu.
“Of course, he hasn’t been the same as he was at Chelsea,” the Italian said.
“He has been injured for a long time, he has not adapted. I’ve always thought of him as a great player.”
The former AC Milan manager, however, backed Hazard to be back his best come next season.
“But let’s be clear, the Real Madrid shirt weighs a lot and Hazard has sunk this year. It is clear that next season will be much better.”
Hazard scored just once and registered three assists in sixteen Laliga appearances as Madrid won her 34th league title with the Belgian admitting it was the worst season of his football career.
“We have won the title collectively this year, considering it has certainly been the worst season of my career individually,” he said.
The former Premier League winner missed three months of football when he was injured in a champions league encounter against Paris Saint Germain on November 26, 2019. He made the return on February 19, 2020, against Celta Vigo.
With Madrid still in the champions league, a second leg encounter against Premier League side Manchester City still awaits at the Etihad, the former Lille talisman has a chance wow his employers before the 2019/2020 comes to a close.