Sunday Feb 21, 2021. 10:00
Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel has taken the blame for Hakim Ziyech’s lack of progress at the club.
The Morocco international has started only once in six Premier League matches since Tuchel took over the reins from Frank Lampard at Stamford Bridge last month.
Ziyech’s lack of game-time under the former Borussia Dortmund and Paris Saint-Germain boss has led to suggestions that the 27-year-old will seek a move elsewhere at the end of the season, but Tuchel is adamant that he will call on the former Ajax star sooner rather than later.
“It is my fault actually, not his,” Tuchel said. “It is my hard decisions at the moment as well for Mason Mount, Callum Hudson-Odoi and for Christian Pulisic sometimes in the half positions where we seem the strongest.
“It is the same for Hakim at the moment and for some other players — there were hard decisions to make. It is never easy but it is a good thing, we have quality to make our decisions.”
Tuchel continued: “There are decisions for other players that means Hakim suffers, I can absolutely understand and agree with that so it is my responsibility and fault in this case that he cannot show more of his potential.
“When the moment comes we expect the best Hakim Ziyech.
“This is not easy. I can agree and understand but this is how it sometimes is during some moments at a club like Chelsea with a squad that keeps winning.
“Sometimes you have to wait. He is not the only guy to suffer from these decisions and if he takes care and shows he is ready when he is needed, things will turn around again I am sure.”
Ziyech has registered six goal contributions in 20 matches for Chelsea across all competitions this season.