Hakim Ziyech has shown how Chelsea have changed under the new head coach Thomas Tuchel.
The Blues had a difficult start to the season in which Frank Lampard was fired after just 18 months, which paved the way for Tuchel to take over.
And with the arrival of the German, the approach changed as Chelsea took on a new shape that resembles Antonio Conte’s time at the club with three center-backs and full-backs.
Beyond form, the Blues are trying to play with more possession and an offensive advantage, or at least according to Ziyech, who signed in the summer.
“I think you will see a Chelsea attack more and control the game more,” he said on the club’s official website. “That’s what we’ve tried in the last two games, playing with possession and attacking a lot from there.
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“When we played it [Tottenham] The last time it was against a team that really played on the counter, with fast people on the sides, but stayed really compact so we didn’t have a lot of space.
“Then the job is to hold onto the ball and let the ball do the work, move it quickly and in the end there will be spaces.”
Talking about how things have gone since Tuchel’s arrival, Ziyech added, “It’s been good so far. We’ve had a good week.
“It’s not always nice when a manager leaves and a new one comes in, but he has brought in his new ideas and everyone looks forward to working under him.
“The training was different and in the last two games our formation and our style of play were different too, so he really has his own ideas about the game.
“It is important for us to adjust quickly to focus on the games and to follow the information the coach is giving us so that we can play the way he wants us to play.”
Ziyech was left out for Chelsea’s final appearance, a 2-0 win over Burnley. Tuchel said the decision was not due to an injury, but rather to workload management.
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And Ziyech says he’ll be fit and ready to face Tottenham in north London tonight.
He said: “I feel good. I am fit and of course also hungry. It wasn’t really an injury, more like an overload of the game and training.
“Sometimes you have to be smart and let your body relax. The coach did well, we talked about it and we did that, so I’m ready now.”