Hazard spent seven seasons at Stamford Bridge , before leaving for Real Madrid in a reported €100million deal.
The Belgium international was directly involved in 31 Premier League goals (16 goals and 15 assists) during the 2018/2019 season and his departure leaves a huge hole for Chelsea to fill.
“I was a huge fan of Eden Hazard as a Chelsea fan , I played with him.
“For me , clearly one of the best players in world football and last season , but not just last season , over his time at Chelsea he was the most productive player in the team generally ,in terms of assists and goals and a leader.Advertisement
“You cannot replace him individually , I think it’s pretty much impossible because of the high , high level he is at now in his career.
“But the good news and the positive news for us and we must stay calm and be patient with this [is] we have a group of players , some younger players , some experienced players , that now have the opportunity to show that collectively and individually they can step up because yes , you are missing a huge amount of assists and goals , that’s clear.
“The answer is as a team , we have to find a way to carry on because a football club like Chelsea will always carry on. Eden Hazard , John Terry , Didier Drogba , players improve on and it’s down to the next players , the next manager. That’s our big challenge now , to say good luck to Eden Hazard and to carry on as Chelsea , ” Lampard said.