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Wednesday, 14 August 2019

"Impossible To Replace Eden Hazard" - Chelsea Boss Frank Lampard

Chelsea Boss Frank Lampard has insisted ahead of the UEFA Super Cup match against Liverpool that it is impossible for the club to replace Eden Hazard, MySportDab reports.

The Blues faced a difficult situation after being handed a transfer ban before Hazard completed his transfer move to Real Madrid this summer.

Although Chelsea signed youngster Christian Pulisic from Borrusia Dortmund last summer, he is yet to impress in the Premier League after a match day 4-0 loss against Manchester United.

However, Hazard was directly involved in 31 Premier League goals (16 goals and 15 assists) during the 2018-19 season and his departure leaves a huge hole for Chelsea to fill.

Lampard said Hazard – who won two Premier League titles and two Europa League crowns with Chelsea – could not be replaced by just one player.

"I was a huge fan of Eden Hazard as a Chelsea fan, I played with him," he told a news conference ahead of his side's UEFA Super Cup clash against Liverpool on Wednesday.

"For me, clearly one of the best players in world football and last season, but not just last season, over his time at Chelsea he was the most productive player in the team generally, in terms of assists and goals and a leader.

"You cannot replace him individually, I think it's pretty much impossible because of the high, high level he is at now in his career.

"But the good news and the positive news for us and we must stay calm and be patient with this [is] we have a group of players, some younger players, some experienced players, that now have the opportunity to show that collectively and individually they can step up because yes, you are missing a huge amount of assists and goals, that's clear.

"The answer is as a team, we have to find a way to carry on because a football club like Chelsea will always carry on. Eden Hazard, John Terry, Didier Drogba, players improve on and it's down to the next players, the next manager. That's our big challenge now, to say good luck to Eden Hazard and to carry on as Chelsea."


Lampard's first competitive game in charge was a miserable one, with Chelsea humbled 4-0 by Manchester United at Old Trafford on Sunday.

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