Eden Hazard has not been able to mean much for Real Madrid, but trainer Zinedine Zidane is hopeful that the thirty-year-old Belgian will play an important role in the decisive duel with Chelsea in the semi-finals of the Champions League on Wednesday.

"This is a very good time for Eden to revive his career at Real," Zidane said at his press conference on Tuesday.

"He's ready for this game and that's good news for us, because we're going to need Eden. I'm sure he's going to help the team."

Hazard switched from Chelsea to Real in the summer of 2019 for about 115 million euros.

In London he became one of the best players in the world with 110 goals and 92 assists in 352 official matches.

At the 'Koninklijke', the counter only stands at 4 hits and 7 assists in 39 games.

This is mainly due to the no fewer than eleven different injuries that the wing attacker sustained during his time at Real.

Hazard is now fit - he played 72 minutes in the league match with Osasuna (2-0 win) last weekend - and seems to get a starting place against Chelsea on Wednesday.

The first leg in Madrid ended in 1-1 last week, forcing Real to score at least one goal at Stamford Bridge to reach the final.

"We all know what Eden can mean for us," said midfielder Toni Kroos, who also joined the press conference.

"It is a shame that he has not been able to show that in recent months, but physically he is much stronger now. Eden is a player that you want to have in your team in an important game like this."


Summary Real Madrid-Chelsea (1-1)

Zidane secretive about Ramos

Real may also get a boost on Wednesday with the return of captain Sergio Ramos.

The 35-year-old defender has not played a match since March 31 due to a calf injury and a corona infection, but is now back in the selection of the Spanish top club.

"That means that Sergio can play, but I'm not going to tell you if he will play," said Zidane.

"Most importantly, our leader is here with us."

The French trainer is confident about the crucial game in London.

"My team responds in the right way every time this season when the going gets tough. I feel good about it, we're ready."

Chelsea-Real Madrid starts on Wednesday at 9 p.m. and is led by Italian referee Daniele Orsato.

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