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LaLiga: Real reason I didn’t play Hazard in Real Madrid’s 3-1 win over Espanyol

Real Madrid coach, Carlo Ancelotti has explained why he did not feature winger, Eden Hazard during his side’s LaLiga 3-1 victory over Espanyol on Sunday evening.

Hazard was an unused substitute as Real Madrid took an early lead against Espanyol thanks to a Vinicius Junior strike before former Newcastle striker Joselu equalized for the hosts on the stroke of half-time.

However, Karim Benzema’s late brace gave Real Madrid all three points against Espanyol.

When asked about Hazard’s omission following the full-time whistle, Ancelotti told Real Madrid’s official website that he didn’t want to unbalance his team, which was why he did not play the former Chelsea star, who is yet to start for the LaLiga champions this season.

Ancelotti said, “Hazard might have been an option, but I didn’t want to unbalance the team. We already had Rodrygo, Vinicius and Karim playing. Bringing on another forward could have been risky.

“He has my full backing and it is not a problem if he does not play, does not get on the pitch or does not warm up. He will get playing time. I am not Hazard’s, Benzema’s, Mendy’s, Camavinga’s or Valverde’s coach. I am Real Madrid’s coach.”

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