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The Belgium international has struggled with injury since joining Madrid from Chelsea in 2019 and many wondered if he'd ever be the same.
Madrid have needed another forward to step up and help Karim Benzema for some time, which Hazard did last night in a big way.
Lucas Vasquez drilled a cross into the Alaves box aimed at Hazard, who cheekily flicked it up in the air for Benzema to fire home and give his side the lead.
Karim Benzema is up and running for the new season! :fire:- Premier Sports :tv: (@PremierSportsTV) August 14, 2021
Eden Hazard's GENIUS flick teed it up and the French international smashed it into the back of the net :scream: pic.twitter.com/5mNpKjXw2A
Hazard Assist pic.twitter.com/bxLs2L9WNc
- Peña Real Madrid de Indonesia Bandung (@MI_BDG) August 15, 2021
Hazard didn't even need to think before pulling that off, it was pure instinct to set up his forward partner.
Madrid have seen former club captain Sergio Ramos and his central defence partner, Raphael Varane, leave the club this summer.
Zinedine Zidane stepped down from his role as manager and many wondered if it'd be a season of transition for 'Los Blancos'.
If Hazard can carry this form and stay fit for the rest of the campaign, they should be just fine.
One fan said: "That Eden Hazard assist was sublime. The remontada is in full flow and I'm here for it."
Another added: "This is the kind of pure genius you can't teach a player."
While a third said: "A fit Eden Hazard is such a much needed fresh of breath air in the team."
Benzema added a second before Nacho Fernandez and Vinicius Jr bagged a goal each to secure victory.
Hazard told Movistar+ in a post-match interview per Football-Espana: "I have nothing but good feelings for me and for the team.
Alaves 1-4 Real Madrid ' 1st week- Real Madrid Info ³⁴ (@RMadridInfo) August 14, 2021
•karim Benzema brace
•Hazard great game, enjoying himself and a nice assist
• Bale more involved and relaxed into the game
•Alaba assist on his Real Madrid debut
"We scored four goals with and played. We are going to win as many games as possible.
"I want to provide assists, that's what I enjoy. I enjoy playing and I hope we can continue like this.
"The ankle is already out of my head and I am going to give everything this season."
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