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Chelsea star Hakim Ziyech puts smile on Roman Abramovich’s face amid memories of Hazard and Robben

In front of the watching Roman Abramovich, Chelsea picked an ideal night to rediscover their scoring touch. Their Russian owner took the opportunity to make a personal check on his most recent investments – and he will have every reason to believe it is money well spent. An impressive Champions League win against Krasnodar was inspired by the outstanding Hakim Ziyech. Ziyech marked his first Chelsea start with a brilliant display on the right that brought to mind some of the wingers who have illuminated Abramovich’s reign – from Arjen Roben to Eden Hazard.

In front of the watching Roman Abramovich, Chelsea picked an ideal night to rediscover their scoring touch.

Their Russian owner took the opportunity to make a personal check on his most recent investments – and he will have every reason to believe it is money well spent. An impressive Champions League win against Krasnodar was inspired by the outstanding Hakim Ziyech.

Ziyech marked his first Chelsea start with a brilliant display on the right that brought to mind some of the wingers who have illuminated Abramovich’s reign – from Arjen Roben to Eden Hazard.

It will be a tall order for the Moroccan to emulate their successes, but he is in-keeping with those rich traditions: a flying forward who just loves to torment defenders. In Russia on Wednesday night, Frank Lampard hailed Ziyech’s “arrival” after he scored his first goal for the Blues since his £33.3million move from Ajax.

“It’s been frustrating for me and for him that his injury has meant he hasn’t been able to start,” said the Chelsea manager. “But from what I’ve seen in training so far, what I knew we were signing is a player of immense quality and personality to receive the ball, find assists, find goals.

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