More end product will be the key to Christian Pulisic living up to the comparisons being made with Eden Hazard. That is the view of Chelsea manager Frank Lampard.
Pulisic was in fine form on Saturday night as he tormented Watford at Stamford Bridge.
The American earned a penalty for his side after a rash challenge by Etienne Capoue that was duly dispatched by Willian.
And he was a thorn in the side of Adrian Mariappa as Chelsea dominated the ball.
Pulisic plays in the same position as Hazard, who was one of the Premier League’s best players during his time at Chelsea.
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Unsurprisingly comparisons are being made between Hazard and Pulisic but while Lampard attempted to cool those claims he did outline the things the latter needed to do to reach the former’s status.
“I don’t want to get involved in that one too much, but they can both go by players and they’re both great to watch,” Lampard told Sky Sports.
“Eden did it here – sensational in what he did. I don’t want to make that comparison quite, but I also don’t want to take away from Christian, what he’s showing now is a real natural ability.
“A balance and the speed at which he can dribble with the ball, the next stage for him is more end product, more goals and more assists.
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“Since the restart, he’s already showing that and he looks great.
“He had injury problems this year, but he’s a good one, a really good one – I’m really happy with him.”
Lampard also had words of praise for his players, who bounced back from their defeat to West Ham in the week.
He told Sky Sports: “We played some nice stuff and it can be difficult to play against the low block.
“They came to defend so the way we broke it down was good. We could’ve been a bit more incisive with our passing in the second half but I’m delighted with the clean sheet. It was a comfortable evening for us.
“Pre-West Ham, we could’ve gone third but we let ourselves down. We slipped to fifth before today, and responded.
“We need to get used to that sort of pressure, as it’s going to be tough all the way through.”
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