Chelsea's success in shaving Sheffield United, 4-1, in the eighth match of the English Premier League cannot be completely separated from Hakim Ziyech's slick performance. The 27-year-old winger successfully provided assistance to the Blues' two goals in the match which was held at Stamford Bridge Stadium.
In fact, Ziyech was actually the architect of the Blues' first goal in that match. His gastric pass to Mateo Kovacic was the start of Chelsea's first goal as well as the equalizer, which was scored by Tammy Abraham in the 23rd minute. At that moment, Ziyech released a gastric bait to Kovacic, who was pushing to the left side of The Blades' defense.
Do not stop there. The former Ajax Amsterdam winger also played an important role in Chelsea's next two goals. Ziyech releases a hull from the right side of the field towards the far post of Sheffield's goal. The ball was immediately greeted by Ben Chilwell, who was already running towards the far post.
Finally, through a free kick from the left corner of the Sheffield defense, Ziyech sent a gastric bait which Thiago Silva was able to hit with a header. This was the peak of Ziyech's slick performance throughout the match. Ziyech's gastric passes and passes throughout the match against Sheffield United were indeed dangerous and were able to provide a different dimension to the Blues' attack pattern.
Ziyech also revealed the key to the success of these slick operands. According to the player, who had a knee injury earlier this season, said the most important thing was eye contact between himself and the player who was about to receive the ball.
The Algerian international then set an example when his pass to Kovacic led to Abraham's goal. According to Ziyech, at that time, he had seen Kovacic and vice versa. Finally, Ziyech attempts to put the ball into the running track from Kovacic. Once his pass to Kovacic gives maximum results, Ziyech will be more confident in being able to release passes like that for the rest of the match.