“He should have a much bigger role in the team” – Van Persie criticises Tuchel’s use of Chelsea player ahead of Champions League final

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Former Arsenal and Manchester United striker Robin van Persie has slammed Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel over his use of Chelsea midfielder Hakim Ziyech.

“It is actually a shame that the creativity of players like Ziyech, Pulisic and Kovacic – who I think is a brilliant player – is not being expressed,” Van Persie told De Telegraaf.

“Kovacic is their engine and playmaker. Ziyech also has those qualities higher up the pitch, but he should have a much bigger role in the team.

“He is now constantly searching [for a place in the team], being played in all different positions. But surely it can’t be that difficult to give such a creative player a good position, right?

“You can also see it differently, first give Ziyech and Kovacic an important role and then let players like Kante and other types work around them.”

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