Hakim Ziyech was given the weekend off when Chelsea beat Burnley last time out in the Premier League and is champing at the bit to get back into action.
Having returned for a month after a hamstring injury that had kept him sidelined for the same amount of time, new head coach Thomas Tuchel opted to give the Moroccan winger a break in order to manage his workload and to reduce the risk of injury.
Tuchel explained prior to the 2-0 victory at Stamford Bridge that Ziyech might have struggled to play more than 30 minutes before potentially picking up an injury so rather than name him among the substitutes, decided it was best he miss out all together.
Ziyech will be back in the squad on Thursday night as the Blues make the 20-mile trip to north London to take on Spurs in the biggest test of Tuchel’s reign so far having replaced Frank Lampard at the helm last week.
The winger usually operates on the right hand side of the front three but has been playing more of an old-school inside forward role towards the end of Lamnpard’s tenure and the first game of the Tuchel-era rather than hugging the touchline.
Ziyech has said that is a position he “loves” to play and while not saying as such, have a big hint to Tuchel as to where he wants the head coach to play him.
“It is a position where I love to play, without the ball having your responsibility but with the ball being free and trying to find space and trying to play football,” the winger told Chelsea’s website.
“That is what I like the most. Get between the lines, find space, between the lines with the one or two touches.
“Especially in that position you have a lot of options because is the defender coming out, yes or no? If he is not coming you can turn around and find the striker or the left winger or the right winger in space.
“You have a lot of options.”
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