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Chelsea fans still clearly miss former star Eden Hazard after his move to Real Madrid during the summer transfer window.
Hazard was the star of the Chelsea team and spent seven years at the club until his departure at the end of last season.
Hazard scored 110 goals in 352 outings for Chelsea, and the Belgian superstar always showed up in the big games with big performances.
Last season against Liverpool, Hazard stood out and scored twice against Jurgen Klopp’s side in two different competitions. He scored an excellent solo goal that saw the Blues beat Liverpool in the Carabao Cup last season and scored another brilliant goal in the Premier League fixture last season that almost won the game at Stamford Bridge but for a late Daniel Sturridge goal.
Ahead of Sunday’s game at Stamford Bridge, Chelsea fans showed that they have clearly missed the Belgian star who’s currently at Real Madrid, as the Blues faithful unveiled a banner of Hazard at the Bridge.
Chelsea fans clearly need a replacement for Hazard, and the transfer ban meant the club couldn’t go into the market to sign a replacement. January signing Christian Pulisic who joined the club during the summer was hailed as one who could try to replace Hazard, but he seems far off at the moment and has been on the bench for Chelsea’s last three games.
Explaining his decision not to play Pulisic, Chelsea boss Frank Lampard said: “He wasn’t a victim of the injuries. I’ve got a squad to pick from. Before that he had played a few games.
“Willian has come back in and been sharp and looked good. I decided to go with Mason [Mount] today, because we needed to stay strong in midfield and play Mason high up the pitch. That is my choice to make.
“He will get ample opportunities. He is a young player as well as everyone is talking about Mason and Tammy and Fikayo. He is actually as young, if not younger, than some of them. His chances will come.
“I have to make choices. There is him sitting on the bench, Pedro sitting on the bench, Ross Barkley on the bench, Batshuayi, who deserves more minutes for the way he’s training at the minute.
“Those are the unfortunate choices I need to make.”