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Thomas Tuchel explains decision to drop Hakim Ziyech from Burnley squad


Ziyech was left out (Picture: Getty Images)

Hakim Ziyech was a surprise absentee from the Chelsea squad to face Burnley, but new Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel insists he needed a break.

Ziyech started Tuchel’s first game in charge against Wolverhampton Wanderers in midweek but was left out of the squad in its entirety for Sunday’s match at Stamford Bridge.

The summer signing from Ajax has struggled to find full fitness since arriving in west London and has only started eight Premier League matches this season.

And Tuchel cited fatigue and risk of injury as the reason for leaving him out against the Clarets.

‘Hakim has been in a bit of overload since five weeks so he has a bit of a risk of getting injured if he plays more than say 30 minutes,’ Tuchel said.

‘For that we decided to take a break now to go out of the risk zone. We decided this yesterday.’

Tuchel explained the move (Picture: Getty Images)

Zieych’s exclusion wasn’t the only surprising move from Tuchel.

£50million summer signing Ben Chilwell was dropped to the bench, with Marcos Alonso – who looked set to leave the club before Frank Lampard was sacked – restored to the starting line-up.

There were four changes in total, with Kai Havertz and Olivier Giroud joining Ziyech and Chilwell in dropping out of the starting XI.

Timo Werner, Mason Mount, Tammy Abraham and Alonso were restored to the side.

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