Frank Lampard’s tenure in charge of his beloved Chelsea FC didn’t go as planned, as the Blues were demolished by Manchester United 4-0 on the English Premier League’s season opener.

Lampard’s team didn’t look sharp in the pre-season either and concerns are starting to grow at Stamford Bridge as they prepare to face Liverpool for the UEFA Super Cup this Wednesday.

And instead of putting his doubters at ease, Lampard’s words about his team’s struggles should worry Chelsea supporters, as he’s already making up excuses for his team’s lack of rhythm by claiming they can’t replace Eden Hazard right away.

“I was a huge fan of Eden Hazard as a Chelsea fan, I played with him. For me, clearly one of the best players in world football and last season, but not just last season, over his time at Chelsea he was the most productive player in the team generally, in terms of assists and goals and a leader. You cannot replace him individually, I think it’s pretty much impossible because of the high, high level he is at now in his career,” Lampard told the media ahead of their clash with Liverpool.

Moreover, Chelsea’s boss went on to claim that he’s still confident and patient about his squad and that they’ll figure out things as the season progresses, lauding team efforts over individual skills:

“But the good news and the positive news for us and we must stay calm and be patient with this (is) we have a group of players, some younger players, some experienced players, that now have the opportunity to show that collectively and individually they can step up because yes, you are missing a huge amount of assists and goals, that’s clear.

The answer is as a team, we have to find a way to carry on because a football club like Chelsea will always carry on. Eden Hazard, John Terry, Didier Drogba, players improve on and it’s down to the next players, the next manager. That’s our big challenge now, to say good luck to Eden Hazard and to carry on as Chelsea,” he concluded.

Chelsea will be forced to be at their best when they go against the best team in Europe and will have to perform way better against top-tier teams if they want to come back to the UEFA Champions League next season.