7’s, 6’s and contradictory criticisms for Ziyech: ‘lax’, but also ‘dirty meters’

Chelsea had a virtually perfect Saturday against fellow Fulham: The Blues won a 2-0 home victory without excessive effort and was able to save forces for Wednesday‘s Champions League match against Real Madrid. Hakim Ziyech got another chance in the base and was relieved after 66 minutes by N’Golo Kanté. What did the British press think of his performance?
The assessments for Ziyech — who had an imposed opportunity just before rest, but ran into Alphonse Aréola — were generally quite sufficient. For example, The Evening Standard handed out a 7 to the left leg, who was also willing to make ‘the dirty meters’ on the midfield. He regularly let himself fall back to be involved in the game and deserves credits for his work and tireless. Although he should have scored face to face with Aréola.
Football.London put a little lower in and came out on a 6. The rapporteur in charge of this medium also felt that Ziyech should have taken advantage of his imposed opportunity, but noted even more downsides. ‘Far too lax to the ball, too often guilty of losing ball and the target of rage of Thomas Tuchel, halfway through the first half. He did grow in the course of the game, but was never quite at it. Halfway through the second half, he was replaced by N’Golo Kanté.
Everything that was read in the above report was apparently not noticed by Sports Illustrated. The medium distributed a 7 and summarized Ziyech’
s match in one sentence. The Moroccan ass opened up Fulham‘s defense with a few fine steps and had a big influence on Chelsea’s attack game in the first half.
90Min was a bit more restrained and followed the example of Football.London: a 6. Over time, he got better in the competition and showed his class at times. But he failed — very contrary to his custom — to penetrate the last line of Fulham with his passes.
After all, Ziyech received a 7 in the competition report from Sky Sports. His missed opportunity was a bleed at the game, they thought. Timo Werner laid wide and found Ziyech. Aréola was already on the ground and kept Fulham on his feet, but should not have made that salvation of Ziyech. ‘