Chelsea boss Franck Lampard has admitted that it is an impossible task for the club to replace Eden Hazard
The Belgian forward left Stamford Bridge to join Real Madrid in a massive £130million deal this summer, but due to their transfer ban, the Blues were not able to replace him adequately.
Before departing for the Bernabeu, the 28-year-old helped the Pensioners win the Europa League title back in May in his final appearance for the London giants.
Chelsea will now face Liverpool in an all-English UEFA Super Cup Final, and Lampard has revealed his stance on Hazard’s departure on the eve of the massive midweek showdown.
“I was a huge fan of Eden Hazard. I played with him,” the Englishman said.
Frank Lampard: It’s pretty much impossible to replace Eden Hazard https://t.co/blTVXgu4fg— Nigeria Newsdesk (@NigeriaNewsdesk) August 14, 2019
“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 in terms of assists and goals. And [he was] a leader.
“So, you cannot replace him individually. It is pretty much impossible because of the high, high level that he is at now in his career.”
The Blues have started the 2019-20 season off on the wrong foot having suffered a humiliating 4-0 loss to Manchester United in the Premier League opener.
However, Lampard hopes his team can bounce back against Liverpool and prove their worth by winning the UEFA Super Cup.
“I’m optimistic because I believe in the players and I believe in the fact that we’re here in the final because we deserve to be.
Frank Lampard faced Liverpool more times than any other club in his playing career:— Squawka Football (@Squawka) August 13, 2019
• 47 games
• 21 wins
• 9 draws
• 17 losses
• 8 goals
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“That’s the achievement of the players and the club last year, not myself, but I’m very proud to be here managing the team.
“I’m also very understanding of the quality of the opposition, a team that deservedly won the Champions League, have a fantastic manager and group of players.
“So, we know it’s going to be a test, but I believe in my players. If we can play to our maximum, then we can win the match.”