Eden Hazard joining Real Madrid is good news for some Chelsea players – Mark Schwarzer | Football | Sport
That is according to former Chelsea and Middlesbrough goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer.
Real Madrid completed the signing of Hazard earlier this month for an initial fee of £88million.
The Belgian was by far Chelsea’s leading goalscorer and assist maker in his last season at the club.
Schwarzer believes having a player like that in your squad can take some of the responsibility away from his team-mates.
And he reckons they will now up their game as they do not have Hazard to rely on.
“It goes without saying how important Eden Hazard has been for the team over the last couple of years,” Schwarzer told talkSPORT.
“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 have still got a very strong squad and then you take into consideration the amount of players they have out on loan.”
Former Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard looks likely to become the new Blues manager following the departure of Maurizio Sarri.
And Schwarzer is confident his old team-mate can have the desired effect on the club.
He added: “Frank 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.”