Hazard and James have to play together for Real Madrid

If Zinedine Zidane had any doubts then he would have only needed a few minutes on Saturday against Levante to realise that the James Rodriguez and Eden Hazard partnership is vital for this Real Madrid team. The Colombian showed once again that his football is needed in this team.

Like James, Hazard has only just returned from an injury, but every time he connected with James it was to create danger. The two players are capable of combining with one-twos and they permanently threatened the Levante defence.

I don’t know what Zidane will do in the upcoming matches, but I can see that when these two players are 100 percent fit that they should be starters.

Many may think that they’re incompatible given their styles, but it might actually be the opposite. They speak the same language on the pitch and it would be a shame for James to return to the bench after having shown such quality and commitment in the two matches he has played this season.

If I were Zidane then I wouldn’t have any doubts about this, especially in a team that lacks something in the centre of the pitch when these two players aren’t there.