Hakim Ziyech mixed emotions after Chelsea debut: This can't happen!

Ruben Hill
October 18, 2020

He's not unfit but he's not ready to play in the weekend's game due to the travelling he's done.

"So the ideal result was that he played 30 minutes for his country, which was exactly what he needed at the time, and then came back and trained with us even more".

"The beauty of the window being shut is that we can get to work and know what the squad is". We're not the end product.

"We had to take these three points at home and we can do that so it was a bad day for us". He's not fit to start but is fit enough to participate in some way, we hope'.

"He felt very comfortable and looked like he had played at this level for a long time". I had a word with him about the ending and how he got in touch with the referee. So it's just game minutes that he needs now. The things I do are always for the best to the team and the best of the club and we want to get results every week.

"To bring what we brought him to the club for, which is the opportunity to create chances for us, to be the talented player that he is that we saw at Ajax". Look, we are all human and I was there and maybe did it as a manager and as a player.

Edouard Mendy and Thiago Silva will miss out, however, with the goalkeeper injured and the Brazilian not involved following a long-haul trip for his national side this week.

Ben Chilwell is available though after further trouble with his heel, with Christian Pulisic also in the squad.

Tammy Abraham and full-back Chilwell were disciplined by England after breaching Covid-19 guidelines at a party, along with global team-mate Jadon Sancho. It is hard for us behind closed doors because we now have a bubble.

"The players also have a responsibility, as do the public, to follow the rules that we are being told, albeit there isn't always massive clarity in them, but that's not an excuse for the lads". "It was a fairly easy conversation and he will definitely take it on board".

"But we move on, and I hope and I expect that it won't happen again".

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