Chelsea manager Frank Lampard commented on his side’s 1-1 draw with Aston Villa, on Monday, in the 16th round of the Premier League.
“We went through a difficult period, and we want to improve,” Lampard said, in remarks highlighted by Sky Sports. “We saw the team with good style of play. But that did not appear in front of the goal.”
He added, “We are forced to keep the pace, because the season is compressed. We have had a difficult time a bit, and against Aston Villa I saw some things that I like.”
He continued: “Chelsea is influenced by the absence of Ziyech? I do not think it is a coincidence, but at the same time we cannot fully take this saying.”
He continued: “Because of Ziyech’s style of play, the team was very effective in terms of decisive passes and creating chances, and we were very flexible until the time he was injured against Leeds.”
He concluded: “There is a possibility that Ziyech will be ready against Manchester City, if he continues in the recovery process.”