Hakim Ziyech explains the differences between a Thomas Tuchel Chelsea and Frank Lampard’s side

Hakim Ziyech has pinpointed how Chelsea have changed under new head coach Thomas Tuchel.

The Blues endured a difficult start to the season which saw Frank Lampard sacked after just 18 months in charge, paving the way for Tuchel to take over.

And the German’s arrival has seen a change of approach with Chelsea adopting a new shape, one that resembles Antonio Conte’s time at the club with three central defenders and wing-backs.

Beyond shape, the Blues are attempting to play with more possession and an attacking edge, or at least according to summer signing Ziyech.

“I think you will see a Chelsea that attacks more and controls the game more,” he told the club’s official website. “That’s what we’ve tried to do in the last two games, to play with possession and from there try to attack a lot.

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“When we played them [Tottenham] last time, it was against a team that really played on the counter with quick people on the sides but really staying compact so there was not a lot of space for us.

“It then is the job to keep the ball and let the ball do the work, move it quick and in the end spaces will come.”

Speaking about how it has gone since Tuchel’s arrival, Ziyech added: “It’s been good so far. We’ve had a good week.

Hakim Ziyech has impressed for Chelsea since joining from Ajax
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“It’s not always nice when a manager leaves and a new one comes in but he’s brought his new ideas and everybody is excited to work under him.

“The training has been different and in the last two games our formation and playing style was different as well so he really has his own ideas about the game.

“For us, it’s important to adapt quickly to it, to focus on the games and to follow the information the coach is giving us so we play how he wants us to play.”

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