Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel believes Hakim Ziyech has more to offer after the Moroccan winger scored the game’s only goal as the Blues defeated Malmo 1-0 in the Champions League.
After scoring the winner for Chelsea against Malmo in the Champions League, Thomas Tuchel feels there is still potential for Hakim Ziyech to grow.
On Tuesday evening, Ziyech scored the game’s only goal 11 minutes after the break to give his team a 1-0 victory in Sweden.
With only two group games remaining, the Blues appear to be on their way to the knockout stages of the competition, having pulled six points clear of third-placed Zenit St Petersburg.
Tuchel was delighted to see Ziyech score for the first time since August’s UEFA Super Cup final against Villarreal. He argues, though, that the 28-year-old still needs to work on his decision-making and become more clinical when faced with goal-scoring opportunities.
“I still think there’s room for him to grow in his decision-making and consistency,” Tuchel said of Ziyech following Chelsea’s 1-0 victory.
“We rely on his effort rate, counter-pressing, and awareness all the time. It plays a significant role in his performances.
“He can still be more clinical and get into the rhythm, but I believe his shoulder injury has harmed him greatly.
“Even if he pushed himself to return early, he is still not as free as he should be, but I am pleased because a goal like this will help. I am delighted for him.”
After joining from Ajax, Ziyech had a disappointing first season at Stamford Bridge, scoring six goals in 39 appearances across all competitions.
Tuchel prefers Christian Pulisic, Mason Mount, and Kai Havertz, so the Moroccan winger has mostly been a peripheral figure during his time in west London.
However, with the Blues’ attack hampered by injuries to Timo Werner and Romelu Lukaku, the former Ajax star is likely to be given more chances.