Hazard : Benzema the Best Striker in the World
Hazard lauds Real Madrid team-mate as partnership develops…
Karim Benzema is the best striker in the world, according to Real Madrid team-mate Eden Hazard.
The two have begun to strike up a promising partnership in La Liga, and combined to devastating effect in the 4-0 win over Eibar prior to the international break.
Benzema scored twice in that game to take his seasonal tally to 11 in 15 in all competitions, as Madrid gave leaders Barcelona a firm reminder of their own title credentials.
“After having played with him for three or fourth months, I think that, right now, he’s the best striker in the world,” Hazard told a press conference.
“But [also] away from his role as a striker, he makes others better.”
The Eibar game was something of a watershed moment for Hazard, who had previously struggled to find his best form after having his start to the season disrupted by injury.
“You can always do better, of course,” Hazard added. “I think that with Real Madrid, for the last month, everything has been going very well.
“We’re winning games and the team is improving well, which also makes it easier for me. I’m feeling good and I want to continue like this.”
Hazard had come in for his fair share of criticism as Madrid’s season stuttered into life, but fans will be hoping Zinedine Zidane has now got the engine purring once again.
The Belgian’s international manager Roberto Martinez didn’t have any concerns about his form, however, and knew he would find his feet eventually.
“It’s certain that, due to the injury, he had a slow start at his [new] club,” Martinez said.
“You’re going into a different league with a different way of playing.