Ross Barkley: Chelsea have quality to fill void of Eden Hazard

Matt Debono

Eden Hazard contributed over 30 times to the Blues' goals last season, and played an instrumental part in the Blues clinching a Champions League qualification spot.

Despite this, Ross Barkley believes the current Chelsea squad can step up to fill the void of the Belgian leaving the club: "You have to fill in. Everyone in the squad understands that he [Hazard] was a great player, but he is gone. He has new challenges now and we have to replace his goals and create the chances. We have that much quality in the squad we will all step up to the plate.

"Last season when Eden wasn’t playing we still won games, we still created chances. We know he is an exceptional player, but we have exceptional players in the squad. We have young ones that will step up and produce the goods as well.

"We have Callum coming back from injury and we have signed Christian Pulisic, he is an exceptional talent. We have wingers who can create from tight positions, players who can shoot from distance and strikers – young and experienced – who are hungry for goals.

"We have all come back from pre-season hungry, especially under the new manager. We are all working hard every day in training and doing double sessions all the time, getting ready for the new season.

"There is a lot we can improve on – you could see that against Reading as we conceded three goals. We scored four so there were positives, too, and I am looking forward to the season."

Ross Barkley has been thriving himself in pre-season under Frank Lampard as looks rejuvenated following Maurizio Sarri's departure. Back in his preferred position means it doesn't come as a surprise to see the 25-year-old flourishing. 

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