Chelsea yet to replace Eden Hazard, former Blue claims

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Eden Hazard was the go-to player for Chelsea a few seasons ago, before his eventual move to Real Madrid.

Hazard bailed Chelsea out on so many occasions, and was the best player for the team.

Chelsea legend Marcelo Desailly has admitted that the Belgian is yet to be replaced at the club, and suggested that summer signing Timo Werner can grow to fill the void left by Eden Hazard.

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Desailly believes the Blues were missing that “individual” quality in Tuesday’s 1-0 win over Atletico Madrid.

“[This Chelsea team] is missing an individual player who can be the leader of the offensive side [of their game] — but [overall] I’m pleased,” the former France international told beIN SPORTS.

Asked whether he meant the type of player like Hazard, Desailly responded: “You said it. To hold the ball, to set the tempo and accelerate the game when it’s time to.

“Timo is showing great ability, great skills and usage of the ball, but he needs to grow a little bit more to be that kind of player.”

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