Tuchel ready to push new signing till he picks back form

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Chelsea signed up Hakim Ziyech February last year, and he teamed up with his new team before the start of the season.

Ziyech was a key player for Chelsea under Frank Lampard, but injuries kept him out of action many times and also slowed down his progress.

New boss Thomas Tuchel hasn’t really used Hakim Ziyech since giving him a start in the goalless draw against Wolves, and the Moroccan star now has to win back his place in the team.

For Tuchel, he has urged the former Ajax star to step up his game and get used to the intensity of the English game.

“For me it’s clear that he needs to adapt to this kind of football, this kind of league,” Tuchel said.

“He comes from the Dutch league, from a strong Ajax squad but they were the benchmark in the league and it’s not the same intensity and competition as it is here.

“But he’s adapting and he has the certain quality to decide matches and the certain quality to do the unexpected which can give you an extra twist in any game and on level which he proved with Ajax.

“Of course we want to push him to the same level of performance that he showed there and this is our job.”

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