Thorgan Hazard is not pleased by the extreme timetable players to face ahead of Belgium’s upcoming international triple-header in the 2020-21 season. The 27-year-old winger is in the squad of the Red Devils for the Switzerland and Nations League friendly matches against England and Denmark, both of which take place over the next nine days.
This season, Hazard only played 135 minutes of Bundesliga football because of a ruptured thigh muscle that ruled him out for about a month. But the busy schedule of elite players is not lost on him, particularly those whose clubs have qualified for continental football.
In the extremely busy calendar, UEFA has earned a lot of flak for its part, as it decided to turn the international breaks in October and November into three-match cycles instead of sticking to the regular two games, a decision it claims was made to recover the dates postponed in March due to the coronavirus pandemic.
“It’s just too much, not just for me,” Hazard said Monday to reporters. Champions League, Bundesliga, Nations League … I don’t want to complain too much because we have to do our job, but it’s a lot. Well, everyone can get playing time here at the Red Devils. Several players have been chosen by the national coach. It will be difficult to play them for 90 minutes in all three matches. The players won’t burn out. Our coaches even ask us to be patient, not to risk playing them for 90 minutes in all three matches.”