Eden Hazard ruthlessly slammed by Cacereno player for his showing in Real Madrid's cup win
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Eden Hazard has been ruthlessly slammed by a Cacereno player for his underwhelming performance for Real Madrid in the Copa del Rey.
The La Liga giants narrowly beat the fourth-tier side to book their spot in the last 16 of the competition.
A second-half goal from Rodrygo saw Real knock Cacereno out of the Copa del Rey.
But one of the main talking points from the cup clash on Tuesday was that of Hazard's showing against the Spanish minnows.
He failed to make an impression during his 67 minute outing against Cacereno.
The 31-year-old completed the game without having a shot and was unable to attempt any dribbles.
Cacereno's Carmelo Mereciano has since taken aim at the Belgium forward, stating that he 'didn't care' about the match.
Speaking to Diario AS, he said: "Hazard? It was like he didn't care about the game. He didn't want to take the ball, he didn't run. He was totally unnoticed."
Real boss Carlo Ancelotti, however, defended Hazard as he took a swipe at the playing conditions, claiming it was 'impossible' to play on the pitch.
"You can’t play football [on Cacereno’s pitch]. For me it’s not football, it’s another sport," the veteran Italian manager exclaimed.
"It’s nice because small teams can fight and compete with bigger teams.
"It’s good for the fans, but the fans also want to see beautiful matches.
"I liked [Hazard]. It’s difficult to evaluate players individually, it was impossible to play. Smaller players like Hazard or Rodrygo suffer more, but he delivered."
As for Hazard, he's only made seven appearances in all competitions for Real this season.
Unfortunately for the former Chelsea superstar, he continues to disappoint in Spain following his big money move in 2019.