Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel said he was happy with Hakim Ziyech’s energetic display in the 1-1 draw against Manchester United but insisted the winger could have been “more decisive”.
The 28-year-old kept his spot in the team on Sunday after a strong performance in the win over Juventus in midweek.
He certainly got involved a lot more than the other two starting forwards.
To put it into perspective, Ziyech had 78 touches throughout the game, while Callum Hudson-Odoi and Timo Werner had 38 and 27, respectively.
In his pitch-side interview, Tuchel highlighted the Morocco international’s effort and growing confidence.
“Yes, very pleased with [his] fantastic energy and huge effort,” the German told Chelsea TV about Ziyech’s performance.
“Unfortunately, he could not create another big chance and or be decisive with an assist or goal, but it was a very good game [from him].
“I feel that he is more free now and totally involved, it’s good for us that he’s confident.”
Ziyech actually created two chances in the game, but neither of them was a big chance that Tuchel was hoping for.
It was never going to be easy, though, given how deep Manchester United defended.
The injury, according to Tuchel, limited the winger’s movement even after his return.
It seems that now Ziyech has finally overcome the issue and hopefully is ready to cement his place in the team.