‘Hazard has been and done it, Pulisic is potential’ – Lampard plays down Chelsea comparisons
Chelsea boss Frank Lampard is eager to avoid making any comparisons between Eden Hazard and Christian Pulisic.
During his time at Chelsea, Eden Hazard helped the Blues to numerous trophies, netted goals for fun and became one of the very best and most exciting players in world football, and was loved by the fans before he left for Real Madrid.
And it was believed that Pulisic would come into the club and help replace the great man this season, after a number of impressive seasons in the Bundesliga meant that big things are expected of the American.
And Two goals in his first two matches back after the Football break, has proved that the youngster has regained fighting fitness, and he has established himself as a key part of Frank Lampard’s attack.
However, Lampard, is reluctant to compare the American with Hazard, with the hope being that Pulisic will become a talismanic presence in his own right.
The Blues boss told reporters ahead of a Premier League clash with Crystal Palace on Tuesday: “Having played with Eden and seen him come to the club at a relatively young age, similar to Christian. We saw the development of him.
He said: “he had a special talent straight away of being able to receive a ball and have great balance and go past players so well. He would draw a lot of players towards him to open up space for others. He was pretty unselfish in how he would make assists.
“I think Christian is possibly more direct in his style sometimes, in terms of how he goes past players and runs off the ball, which I like.
“Eden would come and get the ball and take it past players a lot. With Christian, sometimes I think he has the ability to break the line and run forward, which is a really great trait in the modern game.
“In terms of the comparison, which is why I stayed away from it a bit, Eden has been here and done it and did it to an incredible level. Christian has it in his hands to make a real impact over a long period of time.
“The thing I’m so happy with now is when we’re playing teams and the games are tough and you’re finding it hard to break teams down, he’s taking responsibility to change that, to change it in moments by using his ability to turn quickly and go past people.
“It’s been great to see and, as I keep saying, there’s a lot of development to come for Christian. I’m very happy with him.”