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At some point this season, new Chelsea winger Hakim Ziyech formed a good relationship with right-back Reece James on the right side of attack.
Ziyech is a left-footed player who seems to thrive more on the right flank than the left.
The former Ajax man has now admitted that it’s a system of play that he has been used to for some years now, after changing his position from a No. 10 role to a free role from wide.
He told the official Chelsea website: “In the academy I always played in midfield and when I started going to the first team, I was still in the no.10 position, and then four or five years ago I started going more to the wide because the coach told me you have more freedom to do what you want to do on the ball.
“You could bring your creativity from the wide more to have a free role, where you think you can find your space even if it is on the right or on the left or in the middle. Just be free and use your creativity as much as you can.”
Ziyech has a good passing ability, and he admits that it’s more of a natural skill which he then worked on.
He said: “I think my passing skills came naturally because I always like to play what I see. Even when people don’t see the space they always try to find that space. Even when people are thinking that is not possible, it is always possible.
“So that is something I was always working on, even if it is something where sometimes it doesn’t go like you want it to go. I am always the type who keeps trying and keeps trying and in the end it will work.”