Tuchel on Ziyech: ‘Hopefully tomorrow we see the best of him’

Wed 10 February 2021 | 16:41

The Blues boss gave an update on the players return ahead of their clash with Barnsley.


manager, Thomas Tuchel, reveals that

Hakim Ziyech

is still adapting to the

Premier League

atmosphere as he confirmed that the player will make an appearance in their the FA Cup fifth round match against



Ziyech, who had a late start with the Blues due to his knee injury, currently has two goals and four assists out of his 17 appearances with Chelsea.

"Hopefully tomorrow we see the best of him,"

Tuchel said ahead of their match.

"He had a good training week and we count on Hakim like on everybody else, there's absolutely no doubt about that.

"We took some decisions for other players, not against him but for other players, and he will have the chance to show tomorrow the same quality he shows in training, the same determination.”

"For me, it's clear he needs to adapt to this kind of football, this kind of league. He comes from the Dutch league, from a strong Ajax squad but they were the benchmark in the league and it's not the same intensity and competition as it is here, but he is adapting.”

"He has the certain quality to decide matches and the certain quality to do the unexpected which can give you an extra twist in any game and on a level which he proved with Ajax. Of course, we want to push him to the same level of performance that he showed there and this is our job."

Tuchel later revealing that

N'Golo Kante

, who recently returned as a substitute after suffering from a hamstring injury, will be included in his staring XI, added:

"I think N'Golo fits into every manager's plans on the planet.”

"I was desperate to have him in my team. He's a Chelsea player, a big Chelsea player and one of the best midfielders in the world.”

"I'm so lucky to have him in my squad and I'm so lucky he's back again. When you look at his performance after injury against Tottenham, he just did what he always does - helps everybody on the pitch with his support, his mentality and his quality.”

"If you see the step he took between the Tottenham match and the 20 minutes against Sheffield United, it was huge.”

Admitting that winning the FA Cup title would be a great honour, Tuchel continued:

"This would be huge, absolutely. The FA Cup is one of the most prestigious cups in the world."

"It's played at Wembley and even if you're a little boy in Germany with no internet and no sports channels where you can watch every game like nowadays, you know the words 'Wembley' and 'FA Cup' for sure.”

"You know this is a big, big game to play and a big, big goal to achieve, but you know me now very well or maybe better and better and the approach is that tomorrow is the most important match of this cup campaign, because tomorrow is a decisive match and an elimination match."

source: SportMob