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Chelsea winger Hakim Ziyech admits he is taking inspiration from 'world-class player' Eden Hazard

Published on: 01 December 2020

Hakim Ziyech has admitted he is using Eden Hazard as inspiration after the Chesea winger was compared to the Real Madrid star.

Ziyech was forced to miss the start of the campaign after picking up an injury in pre- season but he has been impressive since returning to fitness with a goal and three assists in his first ten games.

While Frank Lampard insisted he wouldn't be 'throwing Eden Hazard comparisons' at the Moroccan, Ziyech says he believes he can learn a lot from the Belgian's time at Stamford Bridge.

'Eden is a world-class player and you always take inspiration from that,’ he told Chelsea's official website.

'You look at the small things - how he’s playing the game, how he’s doing stuff and I know I can still learn a lot from him.'

Hazard won two Premier League titles, two Europa League trophies and the FA Cup during his seven-year spell in west London. The 29-year-old joined Real Madrid in 2019 but injuries have seen him struggle to produce the same kind of form he did for the Blues.

Chelsea, meanwhile, have not lost a game since Ziyech made his debut against Southampton and are currently third in the Premier League table. Qualification for knockout stages of the Champions League has also been secured with two group games still left to play.

The 27-year-old says there is a growing belief in Lampard's squad that they have the potential to achieve something special this season.

'It starts with believing in it and then working harder every day,’ he added.

'You always have to believe that it’s possible, that’s what we’re doing and we’ll see what it brings at the end of the season.'

Chelsea face Sevilla on Wednesday in a game which will likely determine who tops group E.

Both teams are on 10 points having won three of their four games after playing out a 0-0 draw at Stamford Bridge in October.

With a superior goal difference, a draw would likely be enough for the Blues to finish top, ensuring they win their final game against Krasnodar.


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