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Christian Pulisic has often been likened to former Chelsea star Eden Hazard, and it was believed that the American will be a worthy replacement for the Belgian who left during the summer to pursue a dream move at Real Madrid.
There are some similarities in the playing style of Pulisic and Hazard as Pulisic showed his skills and close control in the games against Ajax and Burnley.
However, Belgium boss Roberto Martinez has revealed that the two players are different and explains why.
“[They’re] very different, very different. Eden is a player that stops and assesses where he can execute his moment in a one v one situation,” Martinez said on Goals on Sunday.
“I think Christian is dynamic, he always needs to be on the move. He’s someone that needs to receive on the move, so they’re very different in that aspect.
“I think what they bring in the final third is exactly the same, players that think and take control of the moment and then they can find a good assist or a goal.”
According to Lampard, Hazard can only be replaced by the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.
Asked if he is confident Chelsea have enough quality without Hazard in the squad ahead of the Champions League game against Ajax, Lampard said: “The fact was, whether I became manager or not, that Eden Hazard was not going to be replaced by anyone anywhere near similar to what he did for this club.
“I don’t think it was possible, unless you went to the absolute top with the Messis and Ronaldos, because I think Eden pushes him around that bracket.
He added: “So it will be hard to replace him. It’s impossible. But as a team we can find a way and hopefully we’re working towards that.”