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Hakim Ziyech Speaks out on his Chelsea Struggles and life under Thomas Tuchel



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Chelsea winger Hakim Ziyech  has endured a difficult first season at Stamford Bridge but believes he is working hard to get back to his best and insists he is very happy under Thomas Tuchel.

The Morrocan International arrived at Chelsea with big expectations from Ajax, but injuries and a lack of form have been a challenge for the Moroccan.

Ziyech has only started four Premier League games and has failed to secure a first-team place under Thomas Tuchel.

Speaking on his struggles and life under Tuchel, Ziyech told Chelsea’s Unscripted show : “It’s different, different than we’d had the last six months [under Frank Lampard]. He’s bringing his own vision.

“I think his statistics say it all, so it goes well for everybody. We are doing what we have to do and winning a lot of games, we’re playing good football. So, I think everybody at the club is happy with his journey here.

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“Before I came, I had been out for seven months mostly. I came here and started with injuries, so for me, it was more than I was already behind everybody physically.

“So, the way to work hard and coming back to the physical point where I’m normally at, and then still trying to go one step further, it takes some time.

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Hakim Ziyech was on target for Chelsea in the Round of 16 tie against Atletico Madrid. ( Photo by Getty Images)

“I’m always the type of guy that always believes in myself, I always work hard in training. It’s not always that it comes out in games, but I’m working hard every day on it. I know what I can do and I always trust in myself.”

He added: “It’s always about believing in yourself. Of course, you have some points where some things worry you, but you have to be mentally stronger.

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“I’m still learning every day to be mentally stronger. I’m always thinking that things happen for a reason, that something better will come after that time.

“I always believed in that and have that mindset and the only thing I can do is try to stay calm and work as hard as I can.”