Lampard: We do not have Hazard anymore, but this is what we have

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Chelsea team had a general meeting which took place two weeks ago as Chelsea manager Frank Lampard looked to address our current situation.

The Blues had dropped point enough and it was looking like it could cost the team in the race for top four.

Chelsea boss Frank Lampard did not have the opportunity to sign in any new player as Eden Hazard left at the end of last season.

Speaking about the current state of the Chelsea squad, Lampard admitted that the days of Eden Hazard and Diego Costa as well as Didier Drogba and John Terry are long gone and that his young side must step up to the plate.

He said: “I felt we needed a general meeting on where we want to get to, and the realisation of the work it will take to get us there. We are not Chelsea of eras gone by, with Hazards and Costas and Terrys and Drogbas. We are in a different place. We have got young players, we have some older players, but we are trying to bridge a gap upwards.

“It’s important to know unless we work hard every day in training, unless we behave well when we go home and think about how we can be better as a group, we can’t make that jump.

“Our issue has been in both boxes and sometimes there’s a mental side to that. Our issue has been parts of games where we have bad moments and concede two goals like against Bayern Munich. It’s trying to take that head on, the mental issue. The players all agreed. We all said the same. It’s a good start, but beating Liverpool is not the end. We need to take this experience and replicate it again and again.”

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