Here are your Chelsea morning headlines for Tuesday, 11 November.
Marco van Basten praises Hakim Ziyech after earlier falling-out
Hakim Ziyech has already made a huge impact at Chelsea, despite having to wait a while for his competitive debut.
The former Ajax man scored his first goal for the Blues in their Champions League win at Krasnodar, and produced two assists during Saturday’s victory over Sheffield United.
Not everyone has been full of praise during the player’s career, though, with Ziyech having a falling-out with Marco van Basten during their time together at Heerenveen.
The Moroccan had previously described Van Basten as “a big name, but not a top coach,” but the former Dutch national boss didn’t let that prevent him praising the Moroccan after Saturday’s game.
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“He already had that left leg then. He just needed to get stronger. He did not have his ‘Eredivisie legs’ yet,” Van Basten told Ziggo Sport (via VoetbalZone, as translated by Tribal Football)
“Ultimately, your attitude determines how far you can go. He now has it all right in that respect.”
Van Basten was Heerenveen manager when Ziyech began his career at the Dutch side, before Ziyech kicked up a gear at Twente to earn an eventual move to Ajax, from whom Chelsea signed him this summer.
Frank Lampard’s international break to-do list
Chelsea manager Frank Lampard will be pleased to have seen his team go into the international break with a victory.
However, the Blues boss cannot afford to rest on his laurels ahead of the next round of Premier League fixtures.
While many members of his squad are away with their respective international teams, there are still a few players – and a few priorities – which will demand Lampard’s attention.
The main priorities involve the future of Fikayo…