Chelsea boss Frank Lampard makes exciting Hakim Ziyech vow in warning to Blues’ rivals
Frank Lampard has vowed Hakim Ziyech is just getting started after the Algerian made his first Chelsea start. The former Ajax star has been made to wait for his full debut for the club, after suffering an injury in the final pre-season game of the summer.
While the likes of Timo Werner, Kai Havertz and Ben Chilwell have been able to show their talents, Zieych was forced to sit out in the early weeks of the season.
But against Krasnodar in the Champions League, the winger hit the ground running with an impressive display in the 4-0 win in Russia.
Watched on by owner Roman Abramovich, Ziyech was a constant menace and capped his display with his first goal in the closing stages of the win.
It was a sharp touch that created his opening goal and while match sharpness will continue to improve, Lampard is confident that there is even more to come from the summer arrival.
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“It’s been frustrating for him and for us as his injury has meant he hasn’t been able to start,” Lampard said.
“But what I’ve seen in training and what I knew we were signing is a player of immense quality with personality to receive the ball and find assists and goals.
“We saw a lot of glimpses of that, and he will get better.
“We brought him in to do a job, and maybe people had forgotten about him a bit because we signed him in January and he missed the start of the season.
“But now he has shown that he is here.
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“I thought he was really good last night, when you consider that was his first start for months. He hasn’t been fit so that was a really big plus from the evening.”
Chelsea head to Turf Moor this weekend, looking to really kickstart their Premier League season after two disappointing draws on the spin.
For the first time this season, Lampard will have his full assortment of attacking players to choose from.
Along with Ziyech, Christian Pulisic also continued his return to 100% match fitness, scoring a goal himself.
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The game against the Clarets will be Chelsea’s fifth in two weeks, but despite some tired legs, Lampard has no fresh injury concerns.
“Thiago [Silva] is fit, taking him out of the trip to Russia was more of a maintenance issue for him,” he added. Kepa has got some progression in his shoulder injury, so we’re hopeful but we’ll see with that one.
“And in terms of the rest of the squad we don’t have any clear injuries, but it’s a tired group, we arrived back quite late in the early hours of this morning.
“So I’ll have to assess everybody, as much tomorrow as today, and see how everyone settles down over the next 24 hours and we’ll see where we’re at.”
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