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Frank Lampard admits Hakim Ziyech surprise but sends title warning

Hakim Ziyech in action for Chelsea

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Chelsea manager Frank Lampard has spoken out on Hakim Ziyech. Ziyech started from the first minutes in the game against Sheffield United and provided two assists.

With the win, the Blues collected 15 points and moved on to 3rd place in the Premier League table.

Lampard told Sky Sports: “We played against [Hakim Ziyech] in the Champions League last year. He’s a top class player.

“He impresses you even more when you work with him. The Dutch league finished a long time ago, then he had an injury so to hit the ground running like he has has been remarkable.

“He will be a big player for us. I need players who can come in and lift the level. That’s hard. The midfield were great with their driving runs.”

“Sheffield United are a really strong team,” Lampard continued.

“They are really good at putting you under pressure. We didn’t deal with it brilliantly but the reaction from the team for the rest of the game was spot on.

“It’s something we have to get consistently better at. Everybody expected it to come on day one of the season but it doesn’t. We saw a lot of it today against a difficult team. Great signs so let’s keep going.”

“We are third. Now we are seeing some of the work,” he added.

“Some of the work today was really encouraging for me to see those signs. I am the first to keep my feet on the ground. Every game is challenging.

“The players are the ones who deliver and deserve that first credit. They were amazing, all of them today.

“The balance of the team was good and it’s nice to see. We must continue. I really enjoyed watching it but I know how football is.”

source – Express

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