Monday, July 6, 2020

Lampard eager to avoid Pulisic-hazard comparisons

Frank Lampard had his Zoom Pre-Match Conference ahead of tomorrow’s game away to Crystal Palace.

The Blues Boss was quick to expantiate more on why he wouldn’t want to compare Christian Pulisic with Eden Hazard as this is just the American’s first season while Hazard has been a consistent outlet for years.

When asked about the subject today again in the media, he said:  “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.

“But 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.”

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