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UEFA Super Cup: Higginbotham reveals why Pulisic can’t replace Hazard, speaks on Kante’s new position at Chelsea

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Former England and Manchester United defender, has noted that Chelsea forward, Christian Pulisic cannot replace Eden Hazard.

Chelsea bought Pulisic from Borussia Dortmund for a fee of £57.6m.

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The 20-year-old USA international impressed in Chelsea’s defeat to Liverpool in UEFA Super Cup in Instanbul on Wednesday night.

Higginbotham warned that it will be hard for Pulisic, who scored 19 goals in four seasons at Dortmund, to replace Eden Hazard.

Hazard left Stamford Bridge this summer for Real Madrid.

The former England international added, “You can’t expect that” he told Sky Sports.

“People will ask the question, how do you replace Hazard? You can’t.

“What you can do is look for a player that can give great qualities. Pulisic, I must admit against United when he came on he didn’t do too much, but he was a real stand-out player against Liverpool.

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“Frank Lampard will be delighted with that, he’s only a young player still getting to grips with the English side of the game, but it was great promise yesterday.

“You can’t fill Eden Hazard’s boots but what you can do is bring a player in who can bring different qualities.”

Speaking on N’Golo Kante’s new midfield role under Frank Lampard, Higginbotham feels Lampard’s system allows Chelsea’s midfield to remain defensively stable as they rotate the attacking responsibilities.

He added, “I think because I’ve heard it mentioned since the game [against Liverpool] that everybody is saying that Sarri did it and it was seen as a huge problem, and now Lampard’s doing it and it’s not seen as a big problem.

“The problem isn’t the fact that Kante was pushing high last season, it was the fact that Jorginho didn’t really have any support.

“They’re playing 4-3-3 now but two will sit whilst one goes forward, whereas last season when they played it, Jorginho was left on his own and that’s why they were so open to the counter-attack.”

 
 

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