'A good mix': Thomas Tuchel loves the balance in Chelsea player's game right now

Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel loves the balance in Hakim Ziyech’s game right now, after he put in yet another superb performance on Saturday.

Ziyech, 28, scored the only goal for the Blues in a 1-0 away victory at Crystal Palace.

The right-winger stroked in a super volley in the 89th minute to clinch a Premier League win.

It means Tuchel’s side sit third in the table on 50 points, which gives them a strong lead over the chasing pack below fighting for Champions League qualification.

Ziyech, who was called “phenomenal” by Paul Merson during his weekend display, continues to go from strength to strength in his recent performances.

He’s now scored seven goals in all competitions so far this season, with big signs emerging of him recapturing his Ajax form.

His manager was extremely complimentary of his overall game after the Palace result:

“If we play a 4-1-4-1 this is the position that suits him best. He feels good to play from the very far right wing… He has in the moment a good mix between taking the risk and between keeping the possession,” Tuchel said.

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Chelsea fans want more from attack

Of course, everyone’s delighted with the way Ziyech has really stepped up to become a talisman in the last month.

However, many of his teammates in attacking positions should feel massively under pressure.

Chelsea have averaged nearly two goals a game by scoring 49 times in 25 league matches this campaign, but they’ve had huge help from several defenders. Also, the top two of Manchester City (63) and Liverpool (64) are way out in front in that department.

There is so much to love about the work Tuchel’s doing at Stamford Bridge, and the Carabao Cup final against Liverpool is looming at the end of February.

The team can go through so many gears if the forward line gels more, though.

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Dom is a Chelsea supporter who has worked in online publishing for more than six years. Graduated from Staffordshire University in 2016, he now writes exclusively for The Chelsea Chronicle covering news, analysis and match coverage. He enjoys the dream position of writing about his boyhood club, which seems to be involved in more drama every single day than an episode of The Bill. Aside from his love for Chelsea, he supports and follows the England cricket team. He also fancies himself as the Sunday League version of Michael Essien.