Tuchel expects more from Ziyech after 1-0 win over Malmo

Tue 02 November 2021 | 22:33

Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel believes Hakim Ziyech still has room for improvement despite the Moroccan scoring the only goal of the game in the Blue’s 1-0 victory over Malmo on Tuesday.


took a huge step towards the Champions League knockout stages by beating


1-0 in Sweden thanks to

Hakim Ziyech

’s match-decider in the 56th minute of the game.

It was Ziyech's first goal since the UEFA Super Cup against


in August.

Speaking after the game,


said there is still room for Ziyech to improve his decision-making.

"All the credit to my assistant. He had the idea at half-time,"

said Tuchel.

"We had the feeling that maybe when we enter into the spaces behind their back five, they defended a low block, we would lose seconds if Callum or Hakim had to switch back. We thought maybe we can enter and save important tenths of a second.

"Still, I think there is space to improve for him in decision-making. We always rely on his work rate against the ball. This is also a huge part of his performances. He can still be more clinical.

"He is still not as 100 percent free as he should be. The players love their freedom in their movement, but I am happy for him and for Callum."

Chelsea will next face


, who beat


4-2 in the other game of Group H, knowing that a draw would be enough to qualify for the knockout stages.

"We needed the result, we expected the result, we delivered,"

said Tuchel, whose side beat Malmo 4-0 at Stamford Bridge on matchday three


"We had a lot of touches but were maybe not clinical enough yet. We wanted to increase the intensity level in the second half. We were able to use this one moment, this position, then be clinical enough to score and then we had enough chances for a second one.

"The control was on our side. We did not suffer through difficult situations in our box, we never lost concentration."

source: SportMob

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