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Chelsea star Hakim Ziyech has only started one Premier League match under new Blues boss Thomas Tuchel – and that was his first game in charge in a goalless draw against Wolves.
The 27-year-old was omitted from Chelsea’s squad as the Blues won 2-0 at home to Burnley and was an unused substitute during wins against Tottenham and Sheffield United and Newcastle United.
He started the FA Cup victory over Barnsley but was substituted in the second half.
Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel has now explained why the Moroccan international isn’t playing games for Chelsea.
According to Tuchel, Ziyech faces a battle to break into Chelsea’s first-team due to the form of Mason Mount, Callum Hudson-Odoi and Christian Pulisic.
Tuchel said: “It is my fault he is not playing much at the moment that I have picked Mason, Callum and Pulisic sometimes.
“These are hard decisions to make but it is a good thing because it means we have quality.
“There are some decisions for other players that means Hakim suffers at the moment.
“I can understand so it is my responsibility in this case that he cannot show more. When I look at the rhythm and schedule for the next days I am sure we will need all of our players.”