Chelsea coach Thomas Tuchel praised the perseverance and risk-taking of his Moroccan winger Hakim Ziyech, after his team’s victory on the lawn of Crystal Palace (1-0), on behalf of the 26th day of the Premier League.
“Ziyech’s first goal in the 75th was unfortunately disallowed, but he kept believing, he had a good game and kept trying to score by taking risks.“, stressed the German manager in a statement to BBC Match of the Day.
Risk taking is sometimes necessary to win, we can not be satisfied “to try to avoid making mistakes” and in this moment, Ziyech has found the right balance which allows him to measure his risk taking, affirmed Tuchel.
“I’m glad he was there at the last minute”he concluded about the 28-year-old who has scored in the Blues’ last three Premier League games.
Named man of the match, Ziyech, for his part, indicated that the match was difficult since his team could not create many chances.
“Of course we had the goal disallowed, but scoring at the last minute gives you the best possible feeling”, said the Chelsea magician. On the team’s chances in the league, the Moroccan conceded that it was difficult. ” But that’s why we play football, to win trophies. That’s what we’re trying to do. We have already won two this season and we have four more to win. »
The win over Crystal Palace was just Chelsea’s third in their last nine Premier League appearances, but it follows a 2-0 win over Tottenham on January 23.
The clash in south London was the first in the league for nearly a month for Chelsea, who were in Abu Dhabi where the team won the Club World Cup.