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Can't expect Eden Hazard to do what Cristiano Ronaldo did, believes Predrag Mijatovic

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Can't expect Eden Hazard to do what Cristiano Ronaldo did, believes Predrag Mijatovic

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08/28/2019

Former Galactico Predrag Mijatovic has come out to say that it is unrealistic to believe Eden Hazard can have the same kind of impact as Cristiano Ronaldo. Real Madrid expect the newly acquired Hazard, who was injured at the start of the season, to finally make his debut in La Liga.

A thigh injury prevented Eden Hazard from playing his first two matches in Real Madrid colours, after leaving Chelsea this summer. According to Spanish newspaper Marca, the Los Blancos believe that Belgian International will finally make his debut this weekend as the club looks eager to bounce back following a disappointing draw with Real Valladolid. 

Belgium’s national team manager, Roberto Martinez, has told Het Nieuwsblad, “My feelings are positive with Eden because he always wants to play. Also, generally, he recovers quickly and well. If he plays at Villarreal we could count on him.” 

Despite all the fanfare surrounding Hazard’s move to Real, former Galactico Predrag Mijatovic believes it is unrealistic to believe Hazard to fill Cristiano Ronaldo’s shoes. Over a period of 9 years at the Bernabeu, Ronaldo has scored an astonishing 450 goals in 438 appearances for Los Blancos, and Mijatovic thinks Ronaldo’s feat at the club can never be repeated. 

While speaking to Goal.com, Mijatovic said “Hazard is a very good player, for sure. He is one of the best players in Europe, but, in my opinion, we can’t expect him to do what Cristiano Ronaldo did. In my opinion, it’s impossible – there is no player who can play like Ronaldo. The pressure at Madrid is different to the pressure at Chelsea and you need some time to handle that.”

“[Madrid] is still a big team, with big players. The new players who came in, they have to adapt – that’s normal at such a big club. This season probably won’t be easy – it’s never easy at Madrid with the pressure. But I’m very optimistic that they’ll compete for titles, this won’t change.”

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