ZIYECH’S ADDITION BRINGS IN MUCH-NEEDED CREATIVITY
Hakim Ziyech continues his gradual return to fitness and was handed his third straight start for Chelsea. The former Ajax Amsterdam winger had a good game and created numerous chances down the flank. His set-pieces were pinpoint and conversion of those chances could have led to Ziyech getting a deserved assist or two to his name.
The Morocco international has also developed a good chemistry with Chelsea’s right-backs, Cesar Azpilicueta and Reece James, making that flank as potent as the left. Ziyech also tracks back regularly to help out in the defending, which is a massive plus for the Blues from the likes of Pedro and Willian from the past, who were more attack-minded.
CHELSEA WERE LUCKY TO BE LET OFF THE HOOK
Fulham missed perhaps the best chance of the first half as Ivan Cavaleiro blazed his shot high and wide despite being left open. The relegation-threatened side has held Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur recently and could have claimed a sixth straight draw if they were a bit better. Chelsea can find themselves fortunate to come back with three points instead of one.
The Stamford Bridge outfit missed a huge number of chances from open play as well as set-pieces. To make things easier, the Whites never took theirs despite a few being offered to them on a plate by poor defensive plays. With just two wins in seven league matches, Lampard has a lot to improve on and he faces a race against time in the busiest part of the season.