Take the one man out of what felt a one-man team and the prognosis should be bleak. Not in Chelsea’s case. They have emerged as more prolific and more potent without arguably their greatest player. “Everyone wants an Eden Hazard in the team but we haven’t [got him],” said Frank Lampard.
Real Madrid and £88 million (Dh414.6m) stripped Chelsea of their talisman. If Christian Pulisic’ status as the new signing and his £58m price tag meant he looked the designated successor and his hat-trick in Saturday’s 4-2 win at Burnley was Hazard-esque in its brilliance, the reality is others have chipped in compensate for his departure.