‘Deserved to start’: Tuchel admits that £33m Chelsea player was unlucky against Leicester

Thomas Tuchel has claimed that Hakim Ziyech was unfortunate not to start for Chelsea during their 3-0 win away to Leicester City this afternoon.

Chelsea returned after the international break by picking up three points on the road in emphatic fashion.

Antonio Rudiger and N’Golo Kante put the Blues into a two-goal advantage at the King Power Stadium in the opening 45 minutes. Afterwards, substitute Christian Pulisic added a third in the second half. 

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Ziyech unlucky

Chelsea boss Tuchel said in his post-match comments that Ziyech “deserved to start” against Leicester. Instead, he came on for the final half an hour from the bench.

The £33million attacker made the most of his time on the pitch by providing an excellent assist for Pulisic’s goal. In addition, he nearly set the American up again with a beautifully threaded pass into the penalty box.

“I’m very happy also for Hakim, who deserved to start, that he was again involved with an assist,” Tuchel said.

Ziyech has come in for his fair share of criticism this season, including from the likes of Jason Cundy and Frank Leboeuf.

However, the 28-year-old winger can feel comfortable that the manager is fully behind him.

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Chelsea attack stacked

Tuchel will soon have a serious headache on his hands when all his offensive options are available to him.

Ziyech and Pulisic both made positive impacts from the bench on Saturday. Meanwhile, Timo Werner was an unused substitute, and Romelu Lukaku is still to make his injury comeback.

In-form Callum Hudson-Odoi looks brilliant right now, too, plus you have Kai Havertz and Mason Mount to consider.

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