Eden Hazard Responds To Critics Following Poor Start To Real Madrid Career
Eden Hazard has hit back at his critics saying he knows he needs to improve his form and that the criticism 'doesn't bother' him.
Real Madrid finally got their man in the summer when they signed Hazard but so far he's yet to create or score a goal after four games and he hasn't been close to his best form.
There's been criticism of the Belgian but now he's had his say. Speaking in a press conference the former Chelsea forward said, "The criticisms don't bother me. It's me who has to prove my level on the pitch. They know my level and I have to improve so they are proud of me.
"I feel good. It's true that they expect a lot from me and me too. I can do better. The criticisms are normal. Not everything is perfect but we are already top of the league.
"I had a setback with the injury, but I feel 100% because I am recovered. I need to be decisive, score goals. When I start scoring everything will be easier.
"It is not a matter of trust. The boss tells me to try more and it is I who have to give everything. I already feel good and I have to take a step forward to continue making differences."
The 28-year-old came under fire specifically after the Champions League loss to PSG and the La Liga draw in the Madrid derby against Atletico at the weekend.
Fans took to Twitter to bury him after the performance at the weekend and the Madrid newspapers Marca and AS also took shots at the forward.
In the past the former Lille forward has been accused of not being consistent enough and he is just coming back after an injury during pre season to get up to full speed.
It's unlikely that his slump will last too long but the Los Blancos faithful aren't particularly patient when it comes to their players underperforming, especially forwards.
Gareth Bale can certainly tell Hazard a thing or two about the fans turning against players, having been met at his car by fans and booed during games in the past.
The Welshman has been a surprise fixture in Zinedine Zidane's at the beginning of the season considering he nearly left for China in the summer and never got on with the Frenchman during his first stint in charge at the Bernabeu.
Will Hazard turn his fortunes around?