Chelsea star Hakim Ziyech believes that the Blues might have scored much more and put their Carabao Cup semi-final first-leg tie to mattress in opposition to Tottenham however is proud of the scoreline. The Blues walked away as 2-0 winners on the night time and Spurs have all of the work to do within the second leg.
With Antonio Conte making his return to Stamford Bridge for the primary time since he left, loads of eyes had been on Tottenham and Chelsea’s Carabao Cup semi-final. Nonetheless, the North Londoners struggled within the tie as Thomas Tuchel modified issues round and tweaked his formation. It noticed the Blues thrive with Hakim Ziyech taking part in a key function in each first-half objectives. Issues might have been even worse after the break however each groups had probabilities to show the tie of their favour.
However now Chelsea goes into the second leg of the semi-final with a 2-0 lead and that leaves Tottenham all of the work to do. Nonetheless, regardless of their lead, Ziyech believes that Blues might have put the tie to mattress within the first-leg itself as they’d the possibility to attain greater than twice. However he added that the staff could be proud of the efficiency however want to complete the sport off subsequent week.
“It was a great efficiency from the staff and a great way to begin these two video games. We put stress on them and didn’t give them time. We did good within the first half particularly. We obtained a fast 1-0 and that is what we needed, as a result of we knew they must come out and make some extra errors, and ultimately they did,” Ziyech advised Chelseafc.com.
“10 minutes earlier than half-time we obtained the second and had a great feeling within the dressing room. We might have killed the sport within the second half. We had larger probabilities than they’d, however 2-0, we could be proud of that. It was a derby, a semi-final, so we needed to be sharp and centered, and we had been. We obtained the job completed however there may be nonetheless a sport subsequent week so hopefully we end it there.”
The tactical tweak was to assist Chelsea face Tottenham’s again three formations and it labored with Tuchel transferring to a fluid four-man system. That noticed Ziyech admit that whereas issues had been completely different, it was a great distinction because it helped create extra probabilities up high. He additionally added that it was a giant win for Chelsea given their scenario over the previous few weeks.
“It was a bit completely different than common. We had 4 on the again, usually now we have 5, in order that gave us extra alternatives up entrance. They didn’t know whether or not to observe the midfielders or step out. That was the most important win for us. We had some tough video games, some accidents, Covid, however how now we have handled it as a staff is fairly good. We now have obtained heading in the right direction, and now let’s preserve centered he added.