Still, so far, it has been impossible to play the duet together. Hazard was the best player of Los Blancos in the first two matches after the return of football.

Zidane’s plan to include Hazard and Vinicius together on the pitch

Karim Benzema is currently harmed, so Zinedine Zidane needs to find a way to reform his striking line, and common sense would suggest that he needs to include Eden Hazard and Vinicius Jr. Still, so far, it has been impossible to play the duet together. Hazard was the best player of Los Blancos in the first two matches after the return of football. At the same time, Vinicius played an essential role in the victory over Real Sociedad on Sunday in the absence of the Belgian. These two footballers are the ones in Zidane’s team, who can unbalance the opposing defenses, they cause problems for the teams, but alas, not together. Zidane appreciates their talent, but he does not dare to use them in the same system through fear. It won’t work and will leave the whole team without structure.

They were on the field together only for 79 minutes

Vinicius played his best matches for Los Merengues from the left-wing, which is his ideal position. However, this is also the preferred slot of Hazard. Throughout the extended 2019/20 season, the couple was on the field only together for 79 minutes, and there was no case when they both played in a Zidane starting XI. The experiment on their joint use fell on the Champions League’s dramatic connection with the Club Brugge, with a couple spending 23 minutes together on the field, as the hosts sought a comeback against the Belgian champions. Vinicius did not speak well, and he did when the couple again played together on November 2 against Real Betis.

None of these two stints had a goal with both attacking talents on the field at the same time. It was the day when the French coach decided they had not been on the same pitch since, and until, it seems unlikely, they will be back soon. Zidane does not want to remove Hazard from a position where he has the most considerable influence on the matches. Unfortunately for the Brazilian, he takes second place in the pecking order on the left.