Chelsea legend Frank Lampard has claimed the best player at the club is Eden Hazard – and that the creative star needs to step up and show what he can do in order to get the Blues’ season up and running properly.
The former midfielder thinks that Chelsea have to recognise Hazard as their most important player, and also admitted he misses playing with the Belgian star.
He said to BT Sport: “Without a doubt. From the moment he came to Chelsea his talent was on show in training, in games.
“He’s developed as a player. I spoke before about him being so pivotal.
“He came quite fresh, quite young. Now he’s at that point of his career when he has to be the dominant player in that Chelsea team and make things happen, and he’s doing it.
“We’re talking about the top teams trying to stay with the Man Citys, who are flying. You need your best players.
“[Alvaro] Morata had those chances that don’t quite go, then you need the next one to step up and it’s Eden Hazard.
“He’s just a great talent. And I agree, he does remain that [Chelsea’s most important player].
“For a club like Chelsea, it can’t be reliant on one player for sure. And I don’t wanna talk down Pedro, Willian who had fantastic seasons last year. A lot of players in that team are responsible for what Chelsea have done in the last season.
“I think again, I keep harping back to it but, for moments of magic, for little clips of skill we had today, the Bournemouth players were very scared to get near to Eden Hazard today. They knew he had just enough to get away from them and he won the game for Chelsea.”
Chelsea may have added another three points to their tally, but the title looks like being out of their hands already – and another disappointing defence is underway.
Manchester City are already a huge amount of points ahead of Antonio Conte’s men and things could get even worse next weekend when they face Manchester United, with former manager Jose Mourinho and player Nemanja Matic also knowing their side have to get all three points in order to keep up with their neighbours – or there is a very real chance Pep Guardiola and City will have the title sewn up by the turn of the year.