Hakim Ziyech explains why he hasn’t been in top shape at Chelsea, dispels exit speculation

April 17th, 2021 by Olasunkanmi Ibikunle

Blues star Hakim Ziyech has identified the reason for his inability to replicate his good form he displayed at Ajax, and dispelled the rumour that he wanted to leave Chelsea by stating that he is very happy under Thomas Tuchel.

Ziyech has found game time rather sporadic under Tuchel, starting just four of Chelsea’s 12 league games under the German and only featuring for four minutes across both legs of the side’s Champions League quarter-final win over Porto.

Despite his lack of game time, Ziyech says he is enjoying playing under the new manager and is working hard to force his way into the first team more regularly having now overcome his early season injury niggles.

Asked how he is faring under Tuchel, Ziyech told Chelsea’s Unscripted show: “It’s different, different than we’d had the last six months [under Frank Lampard]. He’s bringing his own vision.

“I think his statistics say it all, so it goes well for everybody. We are doing what we have to do and winning a lot of games, we’re playing good football. So I think everybody at the club is happy with his journey here.”

On his struggles adapting to life at Chelsea, and the injury setbacks he has faced, Ziyech continued: “Before I came I had been out for seven months mostly. I came here and started with injuries, so for me it was more that I was already behind everybody physically.

“So the way to work hard and coming back to the physical point where I’m normally at, and then still trying to go one step further, it takes some time.

“I’m always the type of guy that always believes in myself, I always work hard in training.

” It’s not always that it comes out in games, but I’m working hard every day on it. I know what I can do and I always trust in myself.”

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