Real Madrid 3-1 Eibar talking points: Hazard returns sharp as Toni Kroos flourishes

Real Madrid 3-1 Eibar talking points: Hazard returns sharp as Toni Kroos flourishes

Real Madrid returned to action with an emphatic 3-1 win over Eibar in LaLiga on Sunday and stay within two points of rivals Barcelona with ten games left to play.

Zinedine Zidane's side beat Eibar 3-1 in a comfortable victory which featured first-half strikes from Toni Kroos, Sergio Ramos and Marcelo, before Pedro Bigas pulled one back in the second half.

"This is different to what we are used to," Zidane said. "We have to adapt. We did well in the first half. The second half was harder. We have 10 games left."

1. Toni Kroos' looking sharp in front of the goal

The German midfielder struck with just over three minutes on the clock. Kroos goal was the first goal for Real Madrid's senior side at the Estadio Alfredo Di Stefano and the sixth of the season in all competitions for the German midfielder, which saw him surpass his previous mark in Spain of five in 2017-18.

The 30-year-old looks to have rediscovered his shooting boots, and if he can chip in with a few more over the next few weeks, Zinedine Zidane will be delighted. 

2. Eden Hazard returns with a bang!

The Belgian returned from the lengthy break fully recovered from an ankle surgery that threatened to keep him away for the rest of the season. 

Hazard was given a starting role and he never disappointed as he played his part in two of Madrid's goals before going off with a knock after an hour. 

This was a glimpse of what Real have been missing for most of the season and keeping Hazard fit will be key to the team's title hopes.

3. An all-round Karim Benzema

Real Madrid were beginning to look like they were relying on the maverick Frenchman for goals before the break. However, on Sunday Zidane assigned him a deeper and creative role and he didn't disappoint as he played a role in Madrid's three goals. 

Zidane also complemented his shape and fitness.  "I don't know what his diet is, but Karim takes great care of himself," Zidane said. "He's in great shape. He's happy to be back."

4. Alfredo Di Stefano feels like home away from home

There were fears that Los Blancos will take long to settle at their new grounds, the 6,000 Alfredo Di Stefano stadium with Santiago Bernabeu closed for renovations.

It went well. Zidane's side seemed comfortable from the outset and will no doubt have been helped by the early strike from Kroos, before goals from Ramos and Marcelo virtually wrapped it up by the break.

5. Fitness concerns in the second half

Whilst Real Madrid were quick to settle in the first half, they dipped dramatically in the second half and a number of players were forced off raising questions over the fitness of the whole squad. 

This is a worrying trend as they have to play 11 matches over a period of 39 days. Dani Carvajal, Ramos and Hazard all went off with injury concerns.