Karen Carney was left really impressed by how hard Chelsea attacker Hakim Ziyech worked off the ball in last night’s victory against Juventus.
Ziyech, 28, was recalled by Blues manager Thomas Tuchel on Tuesday for the club’s important Champions League tie.
Chelsea secured qualification to the Champions League knockouts by dispatching Serie A giants Juventus 4-0 at Stamford Bridge, overtaking them in the group stage phase in the process.
They are now 10 games unbeaten in all competitions and host Manchester United at the weekend in the Premier League.
BBC pundit and ex-Chelsea women’s star Carney handed a special mention to Ziyech for his European performance.
The £33million left-footer was promoted to the starting line-up and completed 90 minutes for just the second time all season.
“Hakim Ziyech’s work rate tonight has been impressive, how he hunts and presses and works for the team – sometimes it hasn’t gone right for him in the attacking phase in possession but his work rate has been eye opening to watch,” Carney told BBC Radio 5 Live (9:19pm, 23 November).
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Ziyech, whose display against Juventus delighted some Blues fans, can’t rest on his laurels after last night.
It was definitely a big step in the right direction for a player that has flattered to deceive during nearly a year and a half as a Chelsea man.
However, he’s now got to try build up some momentum.
He provided an excellent late assist for Timo Werner’s goal, with his crossing troubling the Juventus backline throughout the contest.
The attacker worked effectively picking up clever pockets of spaces, too. However, it’s all about end product to try remain in Tuchel’s XI given the competition for forward positions.
Ziyech’s magic left foot gives Chelsea a different dimension.
It helps the London giants mix up their attacks and penetrate with different angles when they’ve got Ziyech in the side.
He’s definitely given a nudge to the manager that he’s ready for more minutes.
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