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Ziyech’s Potential Is Wasting At Chelsea —Van Basten

Ziyech’s Potential  Is Wasting At Chelsea —Van Basten

Dutch manager, Marco van Basten says Chelsea is allowing Hakim Ziyech rot on the bench without utilising his full potential.

Van Basten in an interview with Ziggo Sport, also criticised the size of Chelsea’s squad, saying they are just too many at Stamford Bridge.


He feels that players like Hakim Ziyech are being wasted when they could thrive elsewhere.l


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“There should actually be a rule that clubs can only have a certain number of players,” he told Ziggo Sport.

“So they [Chelsea] have way too many and that actually makes football less interesting. A player like Ziyech could just play at another club and entertain the fans”

“All competitions must be reduced to eighteen clubs. Then you play a few fewer matches. Then you can’t use more than, say, 26 players during the season.

“You see that it is possible. At Real Madrid, for example. They just have a normal selection and just eighteen to twenty players who always play. So in principle that should be possible,” he said.


Style of play


Ziyech is a right winger who likes to take up a wide starting position and then drive infield with the ball, on to his stronger foot and into positions where he poses a threat on goal, either with shots, through balls or crosses. He is most dangerous coming into central areas and looking to play killer balls to teammates making diagonal runs towards goal from the left. He is particularly skilled at playing deft balls over a defence, and if his teammates time their runs well, they often very suddenly find themselves with a one-on-one shooting opportunity (below). His movement off the flank means the right-back can overlap.


The dip with which Ziyech plays those balls into the area is one of his greatest skills, not only because he so often creates clear-cut chances for his teammate, but also because he teases the opposition goalkeeper with a ball that looks like it might float through to them but drops short into the zone in front of goal. Ziyech can manipulate the ball impressively, and that leads to him creating plenty of chances for his team. He has incredible balance, speed and acceleration, is able to shake off the attention of an opponent with ease and create himself shooting opportunities, rather than going down the line to cross.

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