Martinez backing Hazard to shine at Euros

12 June 2021 00:42:24 GMTPlus10

Belgium boss Roberto Martinez says Real Madrid playmaker Eden Hazard can be a crucial player for them at Euro 2020 despite his recent injury woes.

The Red Devils, who are being tipped by many to break their international duck this summer, get their campaign off and running against Russia on Saturday and can be backed at 2.05 to grab three points, with Russia available at 3.80 and a draw 3.30.

At the 2018 World Cup, Hazard was one of the star performers as Belgium reached the semi-finals before being beaten 1-0 by France.

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The then-Chelsea wide man was arguably unfortunate not to win the Golden Ball award, which went to Real Madrid teammate Luka Modric.

Since then, however, the 30-year-old has found himself in the football doldrums, particularly since sealing a nine-figure transfer switch to Los Blancos in the summer of 2019.

He never disappoints.

Roberto Martinez

Injuries have plagued Hazard, who has only made 30 La Liga appearances in two years.

Martinez is unconcerned about his recent form though and says he has been “smiling” in the training camp ahead of the big kick-off.

"I am convinced we will see the best Eden Hazard at the Euros. Eden has always been performing well for us and he plays an important role – he never disappoints," Martinez said.

"I have seen a hungry Eden over the last few weeks. He's smiling again. He hasn't played a lot, but that can be an advantage too. He will join the squad as a new, young player."

Following the Russia match, Belgium's next two games are against 1992 European Championship winners Denmark and Finland, who are competing in a major tournament for the first time.

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