Lampard: Hazard will be replaced – not individually but ‘team work’

Frank Lampard revealed his plan on how to replace Eden Hazard, who left Chelsea this summer for the Spanish giants Real Madrid.

The Blues coach insists that no one player can match the level of the Belgian right now, but collectively Chelsea have the opportunity to compensate.

Lampard said: “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.”