Chelsea player had been playing poorly because he respects Thomas Tuchel too much – Chelsea legend Gus Poyet claims

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Chelsea legend Gus Poyet has claimed Hakim Ziyech has been at his best at Chelsea because he respects Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel too much.

According to Poyet, Ziyech has been playing too cautiously for Chelsea because he was avoiding doing anything wrong.

Poyet said: “I think he [Ziyech[ respects Tuchel [so much] that he did not want to do anything wrong.

“By [avoiding] doing anything wrong, sometimes he plays [too cautiously].

“But when he gets that extra confidence, after the goal, it was incredible, the change in his attitude.

“That’s what you want from him.”

It must also be noted that Ziyech hasn’t played in his favoured wing role under Tuchel with the Chelsea boss instead playing him as one of the two no.10s in the 3-4-3.

Giving his verdict on Ziyech’s performance against Tottenham Hotspur, Tuchel said: “Maybe it was his best game, it was a very good game overall.

“He took the risk where it was possible, he was safe when it was possible to be safe.

“It’s probably the best position for him, we don’t normally have this position in a 3-4-3. The overlap gave him the space and the strike was brilliant.”

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