That is best illustrated by the fact that if Hazard plays against Levante on Saturday. It will only be the second time he has played in seven straight games for Los Blancos.

Eden Hazard is not 100 per cent

Eden Hazard hasn’t had a better time since arriving at Real Madrid as a superstar signing from Chelsea. With injuries preventing him from ever getting a decent run of games. That is best illustrated by the fact that if Hazard plays against Levante on Saturday. It will only be the second time he has played in seven straight games for Los Blancos. The 30-year-old is far from his best, but the lack of consistent playing time helps explain why he never actually wore a Real Madrid jersey. We saw glimpses of player Hazard last season, at Ipurua and Ramon Sánchez Pizjuan, as well as at home at Paris Saint-Germain, where he took command of the attack and formed a fearsome duo with Karim Benzema.

Everyone knows – the coaches and the player himself – that he is not 100 per cent. But that will only come with more minutes and more starts, bearing in mind that he has only started three of the last six. Hazard’s previous seven-game race took place in October and November 2019 against Galatasaray, Leganes, Real Betis, Galatasaray, Eibar, Real Sociedad and Paris Saint-Germain. This two-month injury-free run was Hazard’s best spell in Madrid. And he will look forward to start on Saturday and go in the coming weeks.