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Hakim Ziyech struck in the second half against Malmo to secure a hard-fought 1-0 victory

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Chelsea's Hakim Ziyech celebrates scoring their first goal

Chelsea's Hakim Ziyech celebrates scoring their first goal

Chelsea's Hakim Ziyech celebrates scoring their first goal

Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel credited his assistant Arno Michels for the tactical switch that inspired his side's 1-0 win against Malmo in Sweden.

Hakim Ziyech struck in the second half against Malmo to secure a hard-fought 1-0 victory, with the Blues attacker tapping home after a wonderful cross by Callum Hudson-Odoi, who continued his encouraging recent form to help Tuchel’s side clinch a third win in Group H.

With Romelu Lukaku and Timo Werner still sidelined, Ziyech stepped up for the holders in a much tougher game than the first meeting with the Swedish side which ended 4-0.

The goal came following a subtle half-time tactical switch which saw Ziyech and Callum Hudson-Odoi swap flanks, with the latter able to produce a wonderful cross from deep on the right.

“All the credit to my assistant. He had the idea at half time and we liked it, so to have two right-footed on the right side and two left-footed on the left side," said Tuchel of Michels.

“We had the feelings that maybe when we enter into the spaces behind their back five, because Malmo defended in a low block, maybe we would lose seconds if Hakim had to switch back to his left foot or Callum had to switch back to his right foot.

“We thought maybe we can enter and save an important tenth of a second when we have a free foot with Callum on the right side and the situation was like this. We had a breakthrough on the half position and he could deliver precisely enough. It was a good ball in, so the credit goes to my assistant.”

A 10th clean sheet of the campaign ensured Ziyech’s goal was enough for Chelsea to make it seven games without defeat.

It would have been a more comfortable night had Kai Havertz taken the two excellent chances created for him by Loftus-Cheek but he hit both efforts straight at Johan Dahlin.

The German attacker has only found the net on three occasions for Chelsea this season but Tuchel insisted: “I think he deserves (a goal) because he did some good matches now, very intense against the ball and off the ball bringing a huge effort, doing a lot of runs when we have the ball.

“I like what he plays in the moment and I can actually see and feel how hard he fights for the team and what an effort he puts into it.

“He is a bit unlucky at the moment but he won a penalty for us at Newcastle, today he had two chances to score, and yeah it would have been the perfect scenario if it could happen for him.”

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