Marcel Desailly was slightly disappointed by Hakim Ziyech’s display for Chelsea against Atletico Madrid yesterday, speaking live on BeINSports.

Ziyech bagged his first Stamford Bridge goal for the Blues last night in what was an extremely routine 2-0 Champions League win over Madrid.

Chelsea FC v Atletico Madrid  - UEFA Champions League Round Of 16 Leg Two
LONDON, ENGLAND – MARCH 17: Hakim Ziyech of Chelsea celebrates after scoring their team’s first goal during the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 match between Chelsea FC and Atletico Madrid at Stamford Bridge on March 17, 2021 in London, England. Sporting stadiums around the UK remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Chris Lee – Chelsea FC/Chelsea FC via Getty Images)

Thomas Tuchel’s team made their Spanish guests look like amateurs and not a side who are top of La Liga.  

Despite scoring for just the third time this season, Desailly was not overly impressed with Ziyech’s general display.

The former Chelsea centre-back admitted: “When you look at the performance of Ziyech, I really don’t think his performance was magnificent.

“He missed a lot of crosses. He wasn’t very effective in dribbling.  

“But the collective and the spirit brought Chelsea collectively to a different level, in possession of the ball and how they played.”

This type of exhibition Desailly describes has been an all too familiar story for Ziyech since he signed from Ajax last year.

WhoScored.com stated that Ziyech had three unsuccessful touches against Atletico, failed to complete an accurate cross and achieved a 79.6% passing accuracy.

Chelsea FC v Atletico Madrid  - UEFA Champions League Round Of 16 Leg Two
LONDON, ENGLAND – MARCH 17: Hakim Ziyech of Chelsea is challenged by Koke of Atletico Madrid during the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 match between Chelsea FC and Atletico Madrid at Stamford Bridge on March 17, 2021 in London, England. Sporting stadiums around the UK remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

They did also report he made three key passes and the same number of dribbles.

Although definitely not yet the finished package in a Chelsea shirt, the 27-year-old is beginning to tether his talents together.

 

Tuchel has started to entrust the £100,00-a-week forward (Spotrac) with more responsibility, having left him out of four consecutive Premier League fixtures at the beginning of his reign.

His next task is to add more goals and assists to his game.

With the chances that Chelsea are creating, he shouldn’t be too far from increasing his tally.

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I actually thought Ziyech had a pretty efficient evening against Atletico.

Granted, he did misplace a few passes and his touch wasn’t quite there, but I’ve almost come to accept those parts of his game now.

The most important thing was his goal and getting a smile back on his face.

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