Positive and negative! Tuchel reveals the two sides of Hakim Ziyech’s game against Atletico Madrid

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Hakim Ziyech had a good game against Atletico Madrid, and scored Chelsea’s first goal of the game, which helped ease the tension and see Chelsea through to the quarter-final of the Champions League.

Ziyech had very impressive stats from the game. See his stats below

100% long ball accuracy
71 touches
6 duels won
5 crosses
4 touches in opp. box
3 take-ons
3 chances created
3 ball recoveries
3 shots
2 shots on target

Despite his impressive stats, Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel still highlighted the parts of his game that needs improvement, and also mentioned what he loved from his display.

“We missed today Mason Mount and Jorgiho in midfield, so Kovacic and N’Golo had to step up,” said Tuchel.

“For the double six we used Hakim to replace Mason because on terms of workload, to have a bit more higher position for Kai.

“The guys did fantastic, they never stopped working. For N’Golo it’s normal, we could’ve even scored more in the end, we could’ve been more efficient in counter attacks, but it’s a pleasure to have the guys on the pitch.

“There was a good interaction [between the front three], we had enough speed. There were some easy ball losses from Hakim in the opponent’s half where he needs to improve, that his game gets a bit clearer and a bit more structured.

“That it’s also easier for the guys around him to feel what he’s doing, that he’s not a surprise. ‘He can still adapt big it was a big step forward for him.

“Like I said, it was the choice to replace the workload from Mason with the workload from Hakim because this is something we can always rely on that he gives everything. He gives a huge physical input in games. I’m happy he was fast enough to follow the counter attack and finish it.”

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