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Chelsea boss Frank Lampard has challenged his players to fill the hole left by Eden Hazard.
The summer exit of Eden Hazard to Real Madrid has left a gaping hole that needs filling and Lampard has challenged his players to step up.
“There is enough quality in this team to win games for sure without Eden,” Lampard said. “He’s not here now so it’s the end of that story.
“We will have to find it among the group. I know those stats and how many goals Eden Hazard was part of in terms of scoring and assisting.
“They are facts that are real and ones we have to try to address with work, which means can we score goals from other areas of the pitch?
“Can we be more clinical up front and then the challenge is clear for the strikers and the attacking players. Can you be the players to score those goals?”
Lampard added: “I don’t like the idea of harping back to players of eras gone because that’s what it is. ‘They are gone and the Didier Drogbas and Costas don’t always come along and are not always easy to find.
“What I will say is the players that are here now have to try and show what they have got.
“They have got the qualities there. I have belief in Tammy (Abraham) and Oli (Olivier Giroud) and Michy (Batshuayi) our wide players, from midfield to score goals.
“It is certainly not the way we should be looking at it, ‘I wish we had a Didier Drogba.’ No, this is 2019. We need to try and score goals and look at the problem ahead of us.
“I agree the top teams in the League tend to have players that are scoring regularly, who do win games that are tight, who do make you clear in games in good periods, that you score enough goals to put the game to bed.
“That’s a challenge for us because it’s something we aren’t doing and we need to do.”