‘We can’t expect Hazard to do what Ronaldo did at Madrid, it is impossible’

The former Real forward Mijatovic suggests it could take the Belgian time to adapt to the pressure of playing for Zinedine Zidane’s side

Predrag Mijatovic does not think Eden Hazard is capable of achieving the same levels of performance as Cristiano Ronaldo at Real Madrid.

Mijatovic believes that the Belgian is one of the best players in the world, it will be “impossible” for him to have the same impact as Ronaldo in the Spanish capital.

He told Goal: “Hazard is a very good player, for sure. He is one of the best players in Europe. But, in my opinion, we can’t expect him to do what Cristiano Ronaldo did. In my opinion, it’s impossible – there is no player who can play like Ronaldo.

“The pressure at Madrid is different to the pressure at Chelsea and you need some time to handle that.”

Zidane will be hoping that the signing of Hazard in particular will help Madrid improve on their third-place finish from last season – a campaign made worse by the fact that champions Barca were 19 points ahead of them.

Madrid have already had a busy summer but, with the transfer window in Spain not closing until September 2, there is also the chance for further additions, with Neymar continuing to be linked with a potential switch to the Bernabeu.

And, speaking about his former side’s prospects for the 2019-20 season, Mijatovic added: “It’s still a big team, with big players. The new players who came in, they have to adapt – that’s normal at such a big club.

“This season probably won’t be easy – it’s never easy at Madrid with the pressure. But I’m very optimistic that they’ll compete for titles, this won’t change.”