Eden Hazard and Sergio Ramos lead Real Madrid final preparations as Zinedine Zidane’s squad put through their paces at Stamford Bridge ahead of their Uefa Champions League semi-final second-leg tie against Chelsea.
The Los Blancos players were back out on the grass at Stamford Bridge following their successful trip from Spain, in which Eden Hazard returned to his garden for the first time after almost two years.
The Belgian star, who missed 22 matches through injury and illness so far this season, made impressive return to action in recent weeks.
The ex-Chelsea playmaker produced little magic in Madrid’s goalless draw with Real Betis, by created more chances in just 13th minutes on the pitch.
He then featured as substituted in the first-leg of their Uefa Champions League semi-final clash with his former club before finally handed his first league start in three months as Los Blancos beat Osasuna 2-0 on Saturday to keep their title hope alive.
The 30-year-old, who bagged 110 goals with 78 assists in 352 appearances for Chelsea, now leading the Spanish champions final preparations ahead of their Uefa Champions League semi-final second-leg tie at Stamford Bridge tonight.
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Captain Sergio Ramos, who sustained a calf trouble is back in the Real squad after a month, and according to Los Blancos manager Zinedine Zidane both Ramos and Hazard are in contention to start when they lock horns with Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday evening.
‘I’m not going to be taking a risk, Sergio is with us and that means that he is ready to play; that’s it,’ said Zidane.
‘I’m not going to tell you now about whether Sergio will play or any other player.
‘He’s here with us and that means that he is fine, that’s the most important thing for us, to have our leader with us, to have our captain with us. As I said before all of the players that are here with us are ready. All of them.
‘We’re in the Champions League semi-finals, we are all going to fight to the death out there on the pitch. All the players are ready to play, and then of course I have to pick a team.
‘All the players are ready to play, don’t worry.’
Asked if now would be the perfect time for Hazard to hit his peak after an injury-plagued two years at Real, Zidane continued: ‘It’s a great time for it, it’s a great time for him, and I think he’s prepared, and that’s very good for us.
‘We’re going to need Eden. We know what a good player he is, and he’s definitely going to be helping the team.
‘Eden is here with us, he’s ready, he’s prepared.
‘We know the quality that he has. He’s going to bring his natural game and he’s going to show what he wants to do out there. I’m pleased with that.’