Ziyech discusses 'bloody annoying' start at Chelsea and sends message to Tuchel
Hakim Ziyech has told Thomas Tuchel he’s happy playing on the right wing or in midfield but that he’s pleased to fill in wherever as long as he’s getting regular minutes under the new Chelsea manager.
The 27-year-old has been hampered by injury since his £33million move from Ajax to Chelsea last summer and has already seen a managerial change at Stamford Bridge, with Frank Lampard sacked and replaced by Tuchel a fortnight ago.
Tuchel named Ziyech in Chelsea’s starting XI for their stalemate with Wolves – the German’s opening match in charge – but the winger failed to even make the squad against Burnley and has been an unused substitute in the side’s last two wins at Tottenham and Sheffield United.
Asked about his struggles in west London, Ziyech told Dutch outlet Ziggo Sport: ‘It has been a difficult first six months for me at Chelsea.
‘I began with an injury, came back and then got injured again. Things have not gone as I had hoped.
‘The pace of the game over here is much quicker than it was at Ajax. I picked that up straight away, and then I got injured in my first training game.
‘That sets you back completely, and then it happens again. It was bloody annoying.
‘I am used to having my friends, and my mum, around me. Being without them has taken some getting used to, and of course the lockdown has made matters worse.
‘On top of that I’ve had to learn how to drive on the other side of the road. I’ve not had any accidents, but it was very difficult at the start.’
The Moroccan wasn’t particularly surprised by Lampard’s dismissal and said the ‘main thing’ going forward was securing a regular spot in Tuchel’s first-team.
‘You know what can happen if results aren’t good enough. It’s not the first time I’ve seen a manager sacked,’ he added.
‘We’ll have to see what type of system he [Tuchel] favours.
‘I don’t mind whether I play on the right wing or in the middle, just so long as I can play. For me that is the main thing.
‘I always have faith in myself. I know what I can do, and I won’t put pressure on myself.
‘The best of Hakim Ziyech is yet to come.’
Ziyech will hope to return to the fold on Thursday night when Chelsea take on Barnsley in the fifth round of the FA Cup.
Tuchel remains unbeaten since taking over the reins from Lampard and can make it four wins from four games with victory at Oakwell.
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