Hakim Ziyech said he is feeling ‘great’ after playing his part in Chelsea’s first pre-season victory of the summer that took place in front of a fine following of Blues fans.
The Moroccan impressed as Chelsea came from behind to defeat Bournemouth 2-1 at the Vitality Stadium, with young strike duo Armando Broja and Ike Ugbo on target for Thomas Tuchel’s side on the South Coast.
Ziyech looked sharp during his 45-minute run-out and the former Ajax man spoke about how he’s feeling at this stage of pre-season.
‘I’m feeling great,’ explained Hakim. ‘I feel sharp and I’m looking forward to the next game.
‘I think the days off that we had were good for us, everyone is looking fresh and you saw that on the pitch because everyone looked hungry out there.
‘It was a nice evening, especially having a full crowd back in the stadium to support us. At this time right now, we are enjoying every moment on the pitch.
‘There was a lot of space between the lines, especially in the first half. We created a lot of chances, the only disappointment was that we didn’t score more. Overall, it was a good performance from everyone and a good result too.
‘Results don’t matter so much at this stage, but of course it’s always nice for the confidence. The most important thing is getting the rhythm back, working on our fitness and getting some minutes into our legs.’
The Blues head back to Cobham to continue the preparation for the new season, with a pair of London derbies next on the agenda as Chelsea get set to take part in The Mind Series, against Arsenal [away, Sunday] and Tottenham [home, Wednesday].
‘We have two tough pre-season games coming up in Arsenal and Spurs now,’ added Ziyech.
‘Those are the type of games you want to be involved in and we are looking forward to them both. Now it’s important that we rest and recover before the next challenge.’