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Chelsea star Hakim Ziyech was called up on national team duties with Morocco, and the 27-year-old star was superb in a 3-1 victory, as Morocco beat Senegal in a friendly tie at Rabat last week.
Ziyech didn’t start the game against Morroco, but came on for the final 30 minutes. It was enough for the new signing to grab an assist and play a key role in another goal.
Shortly after coming on, Ziyech showed his importance as he was involved in the build-up to Morocco’s second goal. Ziyech played a couple of one-twos before the ball was laid on a platter for Sevilla’s Youssef En-Nesryi to score.
Many Chelsea fans may have been disappointed that Ziyech is yet to make his debut for the club, but yet featured and impressed for his national team. However, it’s all been part of Frank Lampard’s idea.
Ziyech has since withdrawn from the Moroccan squad to return to Chelsea, and didn’t feature tonight in their 1-1 draw with DR Congo.
It has been revealed that it was Frank Lampard’s idea for Ziyech to get a little run-in in only one game, so he could get match fitness for this weekend’s clash against Southampton.
The Royal Moroccan Football Federation (RMFF) had confirmed that Chelsea were keen for Ziyech to be given some playing time during the international break in order to boost his match fitness.
Also, Chelsea’s medical staff reached an agreement with Morocco that would allow Ziyech to return to London after he featured in the friendly against Senegal.
Ziyech is now set to make his debut for Chelsea this weekend against Southampton. However, Lampard may yet play him from the bench, especially with crucial games against Sevilla and Manchester United to come next week.