Chelsea manager Frank Lampard has revealed that summer signing Hakim Ziyech is almost fit to start his first game for the club.
Zech agreed to move back to Stamford Bridge in February and arrived in July, only to pick up an injury during pre-season which forced him into a spell on the sidelines.
Zach’s life in London had a slow start/Michael Regan/Getty Images
The Morocco international has since managed three appearances in all competitions – his longest cameo was 28 minutes in the 0-0 draw with Sevilla – but Lampard told the club’s official website that Zech It won’t be long before he gets into the starting lineup. .
“It’s normal that it will take some time for the side to bond, whether we want to play the ball out of the back or at the feet,” he began. “We are in such an early part of the season and I know the characteristics and reasons for bringing in Timo. [Werner] And moss [Havertz] In the club
“I know we have the qualities already and Hakeem Zech now looks like he is getting closer to starting the game with his fitness. I am very happy with the players.”
Lampard is keen to see what Zach can do from the start / De Foddy Images / Getty Images
The boss was responding to questions about Chelsea’s recent form, which has seen them keep two consecutive clean sheets (only the fourth time Lampard’s Blues have managed it) but also fail to score in their last two games. Failed.
Lampard was adamant that he was not worried about the team’s lackluster attack and was instead happy to see his team finally show their defensive skills.
“Defending for me at this level is about concentration when you have good quality individual players,” he added. “Concentration is what you usually appreciate in defense in top players.
Thiago Silva has impressed / Quality Sport Images / Getty Images
“Thiago Silva was a great example on Saturday of a defender who focuses on every moment of the game, not just to inspire things himself but to inspire those around him. That was a big plus.
“Balance is something we’ll continue to work on. We got into good areas at certain times. We didn’t have the usual spark that we’ve seen from Timo and Kai before, or Joe Christian. [Pulisic] Can, but I would be positive in that we defended very well and had good control at times, but we generally didn’t have full access.”
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