Ahead of LaLiga’s launch, Thibaut Courtois provided an update on Real Madrid team-mate Eden Hazard.
Real Madrid goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois said Los Blancos would need Eden Hazard to fight their title battle at LaLiga.
“Hazard is just fine,” Belgium star Courtois told Movistar. “The rhythm he has is surprising, but we have to go bit by bit.
“We can’t expect him to be on top form without playing. I think he’s in shape and we’ll need him to fight for the title.”
Hazard has been limited to just 15 appearances for Madrid since arriving in a reported €100million deal from Chelsea due to injury and fitness issues.
Before the LaLiga campaign was suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic, the 29-year-old attacker broke his ankle, but he used the near-three-month hiatus as an opportunity to fully recover ahead of the league’s return.
Meanwhile, Madrid had won only one of their last four games at LaLiga before the postponement of the league due to the March COVID-19 crisis. In March Zinedine Zidane’s Madrid defeated bitter rivals Barca 2-0 but lost to Real Betis and Levante as they drew to Celta Vigo at home.
The club – two points behind Barcelona’s leaders with 11 matches left – will resume its season against Eibar on June 14 and Courtois will provide an update on teammate Hazard.
“We can’t wait for the league to begin again and start the battle to win it,” Courtois said as Madrid prepare to play behind closed doors.
“It’ll be different [without fans],” added Courtois. “It’s great when there is an atmosphere – even when you are playing away from home and it’s against you. It gives you adrenaline and it’s something which motivates me to pull off more saves. I’ll be just as motivated without the fans there.”
Not only will Madrid take to the field without supporters, but due to construction work on the famous venue, the Spanish giants will play away from the Santiago Bernabeu.
Madrid is expected to play their remaining LaLiga games at the Valdebebas training ground at the Estadio Alfredo Di Stefano:
“I don’t think it will work against us [playing away from the Bernabeu]. It’s an honour to play at a stadium named after a legend – the best player in Real Madrid’ history.
“For the history of the club, it would be very nice to win the league there. The training sessions we have had there have been going well and I can’t see us having any problems playing there.”