Eden Hazard gave Florentino Perez a perfect escape route in the aftermath of an insipid Real Madrid performance. The president is the problem.
When the lights came down and the music started, El Chiringuito presenter Josep Pedrerol took a deep breath and frowned. It was the aftermath of Real Madrid’s Champions League semi-final exit at the hands of Chelsea on Wednesday night, and he needed to rant about it.
His target was, naturally, Eden Hazard.
Straight after the final whistle, Hazard, who moved to Madrid from the Blues in 2019 for a sum that could rise to £130million, was seen on the pitch laughing and joking with his former teammates. It wasn’t a good look given he had just contributed to one of the most toothless and ineffectual performances seen from Los Blancos in the competition for years, but neither was it deserving of a spoilt and calculated tirade by a section of…