The Madrid derby on Saturday failed to deliver.
But the two sides played out a forgettable 0-0 draw.
It wasn’t what we had hoped for. Especially with the stars on show.
Atleti fielded 19-year-Joao Felix, who looked lively throughout.
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And Real had their own entertainer in Eden Hazard.
Los Blancos were no doubt looking for a show-stopping performance from the Belgian but he couldn’t produce, being hooked in the 77th minute after a below-par display.
Hazard's disappointing start
Hazard continues to look out of shape and doesn’t appear confident running at players.
Rael Madrid paid Chelsea an initial €100 million for him in the summer but they aren’t seeing the best of the 28-year-old right now.
He’s still awaiting his first goal and assist in the famous white shirt. Filling Cristiano Ronaldo’s boots is proving rather difficult for the winger.
And fans are already turning on the Belgium international, mocking his disappointing start to his Real career.
Fans are sharing their ‘Hazard at Chelsea vs Hazard at Real Madrid’ tweets, while also poking fun at his weight.
The reaction in the Spanish media was critical, too.
Marca wrote: “The Belgian was highlighted before the game in Seville for recovering possession, but against Atleti he didn't do that, nor did he create any danger.
“More is expected of Hazard at Real Madrid. He's still far from his best and both Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema have been more decisive than him so far.
“His talent is needed. He came to La Liga Santander to enjoy big games like this, but he didn't show anything near his best at the Wanda.”
Real Madrid have missed Ronaldo’s goals and big-match impact since his departure in 2018.
Hazard has the ability to deliver for them, but his start to life in Ronaldo’s old No.7 shirt hasn’t gone as expected.News Now - Sport News