Chelsea winger Hakim Ziyech said he is inspired by Blues icon Eden Hazard amid comparisons.
Hazard had been Chelsea’s talisman for years and, when he left the Stamford Bridge in 2019, it is not a surprise the fans would look for the new Eden Hazard.
Christian Pulisic and even Ziyech have been touted to be the Belgium international’s replacement.
Frank Lampard, however, refused to compare his players to his former teammate.
“I think it is very hard to fill one-for-one a player of Eden Hazard’s talents,” the Chelsea manager told reporters ahead of Tottenham Hotspur game (via FourFourTwo).
“With the new players we have in now, I would hate to give any of them the job or idea of they must replace Eden.
“They must focus on themselves and they have brought talent into the squad, without a doubt.”
While Lampard made a very good point, Ziyech appears to be more open about the comparisons and even said there are things he can learn from Hazard.
“Eden is a world-class player,” the Morocco international told the Telegraph.
“You always take inspiration from that, how he plays the game and you always look at the small things, how he does stuff and I can learn a lot from him.”
At Chelsea, Ziyech plays with several other talented attackers such as Pulisic, Timo Werner, Kai Havertz and Callum Hudson-Odoi and seems to enjoy that.
“Of course, that’s why you want to take a bigger step,” he added.
“To challenge yourself with better players around you. That’s a good thing for every player.”