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Eden Hazard hints at Chelsea return as Frank Lampard lauds Hakim Ziyech’s first Blues start

Here is your Chelsea morning digest for Thursday, October 29.

Lampard explains attacking selection and praises Ziyech performance

Frank Lampard has heaped praise on Hakim Ziyech after his performance in last night’s Champions League win over Krasnodar.

The winger opened his account for Chelsea with a goal in the second half of the 4-0 win.

And Lampard, who revealed the thinking behind starting the Moroccan along with Callum Hudson-Odoi, was clearly impressed.

“Hakim Ziyech was fit today, the first time he’s really been fit to start a game,” the Chelsea boss said. “He has worked really hard to be fit and I was very keen to get his quality into the team. We saw that for the whole period he was on the pitch. He brought a lot of quality and calmness and got a well deserved goal.

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“With Callum on the left I felt he deserved a chance to play. He’s trained very well recently, we have competition in those areas and we’re also in the middle of a very busy patch of games so we need input from all the attacking players.

“I thought his [Ziyech’s] performance was very very good when you consider he hasn’t started a match since March when the Dutch league finished. So I have been very excited to get him on the pitch so it has been frustrating for me and for him and us that his injury hasn’t allowed him to start.

“But what I have seen in training so far and what I knew we were signing as a player was a player with immense quality and personality to receive the ball, assists and find goals. We saw a lot of glimpses of that today. We brought him in to do a job and maybe people have forgotten a bit because we signed him in January and he missed the start of the season. Tonight, he certainly showed he is here.”

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