Hakim Ziyech said Chelsea should not be happy with the stalemate against Sevilla and spoke about his fitness issue ahead of Saturday’s Manchester United match.
The cagey game didn’t really allow the 27-year-old to flourish, as Chelsea were made to work for a hard-fought point in their opening Champions League group match.
Although, it was really encouraging to see Chelsea attackers work really hard to help the defence as also pointed out by Ben Chilwell after the game.
Even Ziyech, who is not really known for his defensive prowess, made three tackles and won three out of his four ground duels in his 30-minute cameo in the second half.
“It was a difficult game and we knew before the game that Sevilla is just a really good team,” the Morocco international told beIN Sports in his post-match interview (via The Metro).
“They have quality on the ball and they won the Europa League last year and they were in the Super Cup final so we knew they had a lot of quality.
“You can see on the ball, they do really well. It was really difficult to find spaces.
“At the end of the day, it’s a draw and a point and of course we can’t be happy about it but it’s still a point.”
It was Ziyech’s second competitive appearance in Chelsea shirt after a similar cameo against Crystal Palace last weekend.
But unfortunately, a start against Manchester United at the weekend could be too soon for him.
“I still have a way to go,” he said about his fitness.
“Obviously I didn’t play for a long time, even because of the virus of course. And then it’s just a bit unlucky that the injury came.
“I just try to stay calm and everything will come by itself.”