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Hazard working as hard as he can to be prepared - Martinez

Mon 14 June 2021 | 4:50

The Real Madrid star hopes to be fully prepared for the rest of the Euro competition.

Belgium

coach Roberto Martinez has claimed that he has never seen Eden Hazard work so hard to get fully fit and also expressed hope for Kevin de Bruyne returning for the match against Denmark.

Hazard suffered several injuries last season, and Real Madrid played most of the season in his absence. He was not in the starting line-up for his first match at Euro 2020 against Russia and did not seem fully prepared. The 30-year-old star played the final 18 minutes in St. Petersburg and touched the ball 18 times. Now the Belgian coach has praised his performance.

"I've never seen him work so hard off the field,"

Martinez told reporters

. "As a captain, he feels the responsibility. From the first day he was with us, he works hard.

"Against Russia, that's the first time I've seen a carefree Hazard. Before that I always saw him thinking on the pitch.

"Now he is playing more intuitively, making moves and getting away from defenders. The challenge now is to last for 90 minutes.

"He worked individually again today, but he will get more minutes against Denmark and even more against Finland, when he should be able to play the full 90."

On De Bruyne's situation, Martinez added:

"He will resume training tomorrow. After that we'll evaluate whether he can come to Copenhagen with us to play against Denmark."


source: SportMob