Moroccan Chelsea striker Hakim Ziyech has come under heavy criticism from fans after the Blues’ poor performance in Tuesday’s upset loss to Dinamo Zagreb.
Chelsea didn’t lose because of Hakim Ziyech but they had to find a culprit to express the frustration. So Blues fans took to Twitter to express their fury at the Moroccan international’s performance after he came on at half-time as a replacement for Cesar Azpilicueta.
The Atlas Lion was unable to make a positive impact as the team suffered a one-goal delay. Ziyech was useless and largely ineffective for much of the second half.
Chelsea fans on Twitter were quick to criticize his performance, saying it was one of the worst performances by a Blues player coming off the bench.
Thomas Tuchel certainly felt a sense of déjà vu. “It’s the same story, as always“, he started with a shrug in his post-match interview. Poor finishing and complacent defense were once again the themes. In fact, they are quickly becoming Chelsea’s trademark.
Long before his sloppy free-kicks, there were missed crosses, wayward shots and plenty of other unfortunate moments from the Atlas Lion. In the end, Hakim Ziyech attempted four dribbles and managed none. To his credit, he wasn’t alone, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang won’t remember his debut, Raheem Sterling was bad too, as was Mount and the rest of the squad.