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Chelsea boss Lampard: We're learning to win without Hazard

Chelsea boss Frank Lampard says his team is learning to play without Eden Hazard.

Eden Hazard cost Real Madrid around £89m in the summer but that fee could exceed £150m if he goes on to be the success he was at Stamford Bridge.

“Whether I became manager or not, Eden Hazard was not going to be replaced by anyone anywhere near similar to what he did for this club," Lampard said. “I don't think it was possible, unless you went to the absolute top, with the [Lionel] Messis and [Cristiano] Ronaldos, because I think Eden pushes them around that bracket.

“The next question is: how do we change that? Of course, we've seen a bit of youth come through with different ideas. I work consistently on the team as a group that we can create chances from different areas of the pitch. It's great that a left-back [Marcus Alonso] scored inside the box at the weekend, for instance. So, it will be hard to replace [Hazard] — it's impossible — but as a team we can find a way and, hopefully, we're working towards that."

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