Hakim Ziyech reveals the secret to his assists for Chelsea

Ziyech has had to wait to make an impact at Chelsea since agreeing a transfer back in February. The coronavirus pandemic delayed his arrival at Stamford Bridge, while the Morocco international suffered a knee injury in pre-season to further prolong his wait to impress Chelsea fans.

The 27-year-old played a key ball for Mateo Kovacic to assist Tammy Abraham for Chelsea’s equaliser on Saturday, and then laid on assists for Ben Chilwell and Thiago Silva to wrap up the points.

Ziyech could have had a couple more assists had Chelsea’s finishing been better, though Timo Werner added another goal late on to seal a 4-1 victory.

Chelsea boss Frank Lampard offered a glowing assessment of Ziyech after the game, saying: “He’s a top-class player… he sees the pass and has no fear to try it, even if he’s missed the last pass, because he wants to play game-changing passes regularly.”

Speaking about his passing ability and how he finds his team-mates, Ziyech told Chelsea’s website: “I always look at them before I play the ball. Usually eye contact is enough and you could see it worked well two times.

“You know they like it when we play the ball to feel so I saw [Mateo] Kovacic running into space and sometimes you have to give those balls because they don’t know what to do with them.

“It was the first time I tried it and we scored straightaway. I’m not afraid to give a pass. I feel comfortable here in the squad with all my team-mates. I’m really happy and I think that’s why I’ve started so well.”

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