Lampard: Chelsea have missed Hakim Ziyech

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Following the 1-1 draw against Aston Villa on Monday, Chelsea boss Frank Lampard has admitted the Blues have missed Hakim Ziyech.

Lampard concedes Chelsea’s form has fallen away since Ziyech was forced out with a knee injury.

“I don’t think it’s a coincidence, no. Although I cannot be completely sure. You never know how something will have an impact, even if it seems a foregone conclusion in terms of points,” Lampard said after last night’s draw with Aston Villa.

“The way Hakim played was important to Chelsea. He was very effective in assists, creating opportunities and some goals.

“And he also radiated a lot of confidence when he was on the ball. Chelsea’s play was fluid. We were in shape, we were in a flow, until he got injured against Leeds United.

“So somewhere you are right. You always miss such players, literally and figuratively, if for whatever reason they cannot participate.”

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