Chelsea winger Hakim Ziyech sent a message to Blues teammates that there is no time to adapt after the underwhelming 3-3 draw against Southampton on Saturday.
Timo Werner and Kai Havertz finally made their marks in the Premier League as the German pair put three past Southampton goalkeeper Alex McCarthy, while Ziyech made his competitive Chelsea debut after having struggled with a knee injury since September.
It was supposed to be a good day for the Blues, but the defence let them down once again.
What is more disappointing is that from the two of the goals conceded came from an individual error and poor set-piece defence Chelsea have been trying to solve for the past year.
Ziyech pointed out that it was unfortunate that Southampton pulled one back after trailing by two goals just before half time, but the last-gasp equaliser that cost Chelsea two points at home was unacceptable.
“It’s not something we all supposed to be happy about,” he told Chelsea TV.
Asked whether Chelsea, particularly with the new signings, still need time to adapt, Ziyech responded: “Of course, it will take time but we also don’t have time.
“The games are coming really quick, so we [also] have to learn [quickly].
“These are the moments we all learn from, but it can’t happen [conceding in the last minutes].”
Speaking about his first appearance in the Premier League, the Morocco international said he had a mixed feeling.
“It means a lot, very happy about it,” he added.
“But, yeah, it’s not the debut that we all hoped for.”