Frank Lampard makes Hakim Ziyech and Kai Havertz statement after Manchester United draw


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Chelsea boss Frank Lampard has defended Hakim Ziyech and Kai Havertz after the pair were criticised for dribbling too match ahead of the Blues’ goalless draw with Manchester United.

Chelsea’s overplaying was recently talked about after their 3-3 draw with Southampton with Tim Cahill saying: “You see the goals they concede. You see [Kai] Havertz, he’s trying to do a trick.

“Trying to nutmeg someone and he loses it. Ings is on the front foot, they’re ready, waiting and pounces.

“They’re all little errors and mistakes from individuals.

“He brings on Ziyech and again dribbling, when to dribble, what areas to dribble, understanding where to do it.

“There’s non-negotiables and they are don’t try and nutmeg someone on the edge of your own area, the other non-negotiable is stop dribbling and taking on 10 players.”

And speaking after the game, Lampard said: “I am very happy with Timo [Werner]

“If you go back to the game before that, he scored two goals and Kai Havertz scores a goal. I am least worried about the front end of the pitch with the players that we have there.

“It is normal that it will take some time for relationships [to build].

“For when we have got to put the ball in behind, the ball into feet, clearly these things are going to take time to build.

“The reason we brought Timo and Kai into the club is to add to the quality we already have here.

“Hakim Ziyech is looking like he is getting close to starting a game with his fitness. I have no worries about that.

“The last bit didn’t happen for us today. It is normal, that happens in football but I am very happy with the players.”

source – Express

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