Real Madrid's Eden Hazard completed more ball recoveries than anyone else vs Sevilla

Eden Hazard showed huge signs of improvement away at Sevilla

Eden Hazard's start to life at Real Madrid has been far from easy.

The Belgian forward earned his dream move to the Bernabeu from Chelsea this summer, but has seen his first few months at Los Blancos blighted by injury.

Hazard missed the opening weeks of the La Liga season due to a knock picked up in pre-season, but he finally made his first start in Spain's top-flight last night away at Sevilla.

Real won the game 1-0 thanks to a second-half goal from Karim Benzema, with the Frenchman taking his 2019 league goal tally to 20 - just one behind Lionel Messi.

Hazard had a big point to prove alongside the Frenchman after his woeful showing in the midweek 3-0 loss away at Paris Saint-Germain, a performance which earned him a 2/10 rating from L'Equipe.

But against Julen Lopetegui's Sevilla side, Hazard showed exactly why Real Madrid splashed around £130m on him.

Not only were there glimpses of his immense attacking threat, but Hazard also put in one hell of a defensive shift.

No player on the pitch completed more ball recoveries than Hazard with eight, a statistic you rarely associate with one of the world's elite attackers.

Hazard looks like he's finding his feet at Real Madrid

Fellow summer signing Ferland Mendy was well protected throughout, allowing Real to keep a clean sheet in La Liga for the first time since April.

You can watch Hazard's personal highlights below.

HAZARD'S HIGHLIGHTS VS SEVILLA

It looks like he's finally finding his feet in the Spanish capital.

His effort levels are high and with the copious amounts of talent he possesses, the goals and assists will soon flow for Hazard.

Real are now second in the La Liga table and are already four points clear of Barcelona.

Benzema's winner has eased the pressure on Real Madrid

With Benzema scoring, Gareth Bale back in Zinedine Zidane's good books and Hazard adjusting, the 2019/20 season could still be a bright one for Los Blancos.

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