Hazard not interested in sentiment on Lampard’s Chelsea return

Eden Hazard won’t be holding back when he comes up against Frank Lampard as Chelsea’s record goal scorer this weekend returns to Stamford Bridge with Manchester City in a match that pits the top two of the Premier League against each other, ESPN has reported.

Lampard spent more than a decade at the Bridge but left in the summer of 2014 when his final contract expired, having set a new record for goals in his final season at the club. He initially appeared bound for MLS and New York City FC but later joined the Americans’ sister club Manchester City, with his stay at the Etihad Stadium extended for the duration of the season.

The 36-year-old scored for City against Chelsea in the teams’ first meeting of the season, a 1-1 draw at City, Lampard netting a late equaliser. He declined to celebrate out of deference to his 13 years in west London but Hazard has said there’s no room for sentiment when they face off on Saturday, despite acknowledging the importance of the fixture to Lampard.

“For him it is going to be one of the best moments of his career,” Hazard said. “But we have to win, unfortunately for him. It will be a good game,” the Belgium international added.

Chelsea go into the match with a five-point lead over defending champions City and Hazard noted that three more points would put Jose Mourinho’s side in good stead as they look to regain the title. “If we win on Saturday, it will be very good,” he continued. “We have led by eight points before. The season is still long, but we will be in with a good opportunity to win the title.”

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