Carlo Ancelotti takes pressure off Hazard in the absence of Benzema

The absence of Karim Benzema due to injury against Real Mallorca, will lead to Eden Hazard's jump to ownership, after his good performance in the Champions League against Celtic, as confirmed by his coach Carlo Ancelotti who assured that the Belgian is not going "to ask to score goals".

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10 September 2022 Saturday 06:35
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Carlo Ancelotti takes pressure off Hazard in the absence of Benzema

The absence of Karim Benzema due to injury against Real Mallorca, will lead to Eden Hazard's jump to ownership, after his good performance in the Champions League against Celtic, as confirmed by his coach Carlo Ancelotti who assured that the Belgian is not going "to ask to score goals".

"The idea I have is that Hazard, who did well when he came on against Celtic, I'm going to put him on this Sunday and hopefully he can repeat and play a good game," Ancelotti confirmed at a press conference, resolving the doubt of 9 between the candidates that are in the squad in the face of Benzema's injury.

The Madrid coach defended that the presence of Hazard at the point of attack is not going to change his system despite having different qualities than Karim Benzema. He was surprised that among what he asks of the Belgian is not scoring responsibility that has historically always been assumed by the player who plays 9 for Real Madrid.

"The system is the same. When Hazard came on against Celtic we kept him. It may be that he doesn't have Karim's scoring streak because he hasn't played for a long time. I'm not going to ask him to score goals, I'm going to ask him to play well to maintain a good offensive attitude. We don't have to lose the good streak we have in attack, combining well, having mobility. This doesn't have to change", he defended.

Ancelotti defends that he has players in his squad who can cover the gap left by Benzema, but admits that he does not have a substitute for his profile after giving up the arrival of a striker in the last transfer market.

"We do not have a natural replacement for Karim because he is the best striker in the world, there is no substitute on the market, but he can be replaced with other players with different characteristics," he said.

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