Lampard defends duo and compares them to Hazard

Chelsea boss Frank Lampard has come to the defense of under-fire duo Timo Werner and Kai Havertz after they scored against Morecambe in the FA Cup on Sunday and compared them to Eden Hazard.

Werner and Havertz have struggled recently but played their parts in the FA Cup 4 nil victory on Sunday. 

The German striker’s goal was his first goal in 13 games in all competitions while Havertz has not been top-notch since he suffered from coronavirus at the early stages of the season.

Lampard has been under pressure recently due to the poor form of both players but jumped to their defense after they booked their place in Monday’s fourth-round draw.

The Englishman made reference to Eden Hazard’s time at Chelsea, stating that the Belgian took some time before fully settling in at Stamford Bridge and predicted that Kai Havertz and Timo Werner would do the same.

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“The people that question them should look at other top players that have come at a young age to this country,” Lampard told talkSPORT.

“Eden Hazard being a great example. He came here and became one of our greatest players ever.

“It’s not an easy transition to this league. It’s a hard league and I think people that question them should give them time because they are great lads and we signed them for now and the future.

“I understand the questions as it’s the world we live in. They will prove to be big players for the club.”

Eden Hazard scored 110 goals in 352 games for the Blues and played his part in winning 2 Premier League titles, 2 Europa Cups, 1 FA Cup, 1 League Cup, and Lampard is keen to bring back those glory days to Stamford Bridge.

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“I think the balance of selection from me was players who haven’t been playing so much and deserve to get minutes. They did and they did well,” said the manager.

“Also players that are playing but want confidence and are searching. You see that in the goals.

“Kai comes in with his goal late in the game and Timo gets a goal.

“In attacking areas and areas we started the season well on our unbeaten run we were scoring lots of goals in areas all over the pitch, but that hasn’t come with us.