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Chelsea can still challenge other big teams even with the loss of Hazard.

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  • Other stars in the team can now prove themselves with Hazard’s absence.
  • Hazard’s presence took responsibility away from some players now they have to step up.

Chelsea lost its most decorated player in the last few years to Real Madrid, on the 7th of June Los Blancos announced on their website that Hazard will be joining them for the 19/20 season.

Former Chelsea goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer believes the Blues still have other star players in the squad can fill the vacuum left by the Belgian.

The winger has proven himself, in the last seven years, Hazard has developed into one of the best players in modern football.

The 28-year-old is known for his passing accuracy, pace, skills, and creativity, he managed over 110 goals and assists in 352 appearances for the Blues. Also since his move to the bridge in 2012 no player in the Premier has created more chances than his 595.

Chelsea needs someone to step up and fill Hazard shoes, especially with a two-window transfer ban imminent by FIFA.

When poised with the question on what Hazard’s departure meant for the Blues, the 46-year-old Australian, Schwarzer told talkSPORT:

“It goes without saying how important Eden Hazard has been for the team over the last couple of years.

“But I just know that sometimes a player of that magnitude, a player of that importance, a player who needs to be on the ball so often, can sometimes be such a focal point that it takes responsibility away from other players.

“What’s going to happen now is there are other players in that squad who have to step up and start delivering more consistent performances.

“There are guys at Chelsea who have been hot and cold for a number of seasons, and now they have an opportunity [to prove themselves].

“They’ve lost one of the best players in the world and it’s a big loss, no doubt about it whatsoever.

“However, Chelsea has still got a very strong squad and then you take into consideration the number of players they have out on loan.

“Frank [Lampard] is in a position if he were to be the next manager, to say, ‘right, what’s going to work, how are we going to slot this in, how are we going to mix and match for the next 12 months?’

“I still believe Chelsea will be looking for a top-four finish.

“They are more than capable with the quality of players they have in their squad, it’s just finding the right mix.”

In preparation for the transfer ban, Chelsea had signed Christain Pulisic from Borussia Monchengladbach back in January. The signing of the 20-year-old was (is) a step in the right direction following the departure of Hazard.

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Savechelsea.net earlier reported Pulisic not aspiring to be new Hazard at Chelsea.

The American believes his time at Chelsea will be as a player of his own, and he is not thinking of filling anyone’s shoes, rather he hopes he can attain the same level as Eden Micheal Hazard.

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