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Fabio Capello explains why Chelsea hero Eden Hazard is struggling at Real Madrid


Eden Hazard endured a difficult first season at Real Madrid (Picture: Getty)

Fabio Capello, the former Real Madrid and England manager, has explained why Eden Hazard is struggling at the Bernabeu.

Hazard established himself as one of the best players in the world during his seven-year stint at Chelsea, scoring more than 100 goals for the Premier League club and helping win two domestic titles and two Europa Leagues.

The Belgium playmaker completed a dream move to Real Madrid last summer in a deal worth more than £100million and while he won La Liga in his first season in Spain, his performances were largely underwhelming.

Hazard scored just once this season and Capello believes he has struggled to deal with the burden of playing for Real Madrid following his move from Stamford Bridge.

He told Marca: ‘He hasn’t been the player he was at Chelsea and he was injured for a long time, he hasn’t adapted.

‘I’ve always thought of him as a great player but the Real shirt weighs heavily and Hazard has sunk this year.

‘It’s clear that he’ll be better next season.’

Former Real Madrid and England manager Fabio Capello (Picture: Getty)

One player not struggling at Real Madrid is Karim Benzema, who scored 21 league goals this season to fire the club to a 34th La Liga title.

‘He’s become a benchmark for Real,’ Capello said of the French striker.

‘He has taken on responsibility that he didn’t have when he played with Cristiano Ronaldo, he has a nose for goal and he’s shown it.’

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