Marco Rose was full of praise for Belgian international Thorgan Hazard in the lead up to Saturday’s clash against Borussia Mönchengladbach.
Thorgan Hazard’s time at Borussia Dortmund has been a mixed bag since his move to the club in 2019. When he has been fit, he has been a very entertaining player to watch. In his first season alone, he scored 7 goals and provided 13 assists in the Bundesliga, a start that bode well for his time with the club. Injuries have gotten in the way of further success in this vein, particularly over the course of last season where he missed a total of 104 days and 19 games.
Despite this, Marco Rose feels lucky to have a player like Hazard in the team. Ahead of Saturday’s game against Borussia Mönchengladbach, Rose heaped big praise on the winger. According to Rose, Hazard is “a blessing for a coach” to have in their side because he is “very versatile”.
Hazard has shown his versatility particularly when playing for the Belgian national team, where he is often deployed as a left wing-back. While it seems unlikely that Hazard will play the full 90 minutes against Gladbach on Saturday, Rose stated that:
“He is important for us, for our game. We are gradually trying to bring him back to 100 percent. Toto is an excellent footballer who has good technique, who can go one-on-one, who has become more proficient defensively. He is a blessing for the coach. He’s very versatile. He can play at eight, he can play centre-forward, he can play at ten, he can play as a winger or a wing-back.”
It remains to be seen when exactly it will be that Hazard regains full fitness, but it is very good to see his is on the road to recovery, alongside many other players who have been out injured for quite some time. The likes of Dan-Axel Zagadou and Soumaila Coulibaly are back in training, and that gives much needed options in defense for Marco Rose to choose from. With the return of Hazard also back in the squad, Dortmund’s overall depth situation seems to be taking on better shape by the day, which will bode well as the match calendar continues to look congested as the team goes into October.