The Moroccan says he’s ‘relived’ to finally score his first goal at Stamford Bridge with the winger breaking an 11-game barren run in the Champions League 2-0 victory over Atletico Madrid.
Ziyech told Chelsea’s official website of the strike that saw him open a goal account on home soil at the 12th attempt: “It was an important goal and I had to wait a long time for it.
“We took the ball well in midfield and we used it in space and it was a good delivery and it was a good finish. It is always a good feeling when you go 1-0 in front and especially when you score it yourself, and the delivery for Timo [Werner] was good and the pass from Kai [Havertz] before as well.
“It was a good counter-attack and we knew for our game there was a bit more space and there was calmness in our game, and it came at a good moment.”
Ziyech added on combining with fellow new recruits: “Kai and me, we know Timo’s game and try to use him in the space because we know he is really fast, and we did it well in this game.
“There were some difficult moments in the game but most of the time we had it under control. It was a little bit like seeing how the game would go in the first 10 minutes, and then we had the control and played our game and we did well.
“It is a big win, an important win, and I think at this moment everybody in the world who supports Chelsea is happy.”
After a €40.00m summer move from Ajax, the Morocco international has contributed 3 goals and 4 assists in his 25 appearances for the Blues in a season that he was struggling with injuries.
However, Thomas Tuchel wants his winger to improve his game despite a good performance against the Rojiblancos.
He said after the match: “There were some easy ball losses from Hakim in the opponent’s half where he needs to improve, that his game gets a bit clearer and a bit more structured.
“That it’s also easier for the guys around him to feel what he’s doing, that he’s not a surprise. He can still adapt but it was a big step forward for him.
“Like I said, it was the choice to replace the workload from Mason with the workload from Hakim because this is something we can always rely on that he gives everything. He gives a huge physical input in games. I’m happy he was fast enough to follow the counter-attack and finish it.”