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‘What is Ziyech doing on Chelsea bench?’ – Fans urge Potter to start Morocco star over Sterling vs Manchester City

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The 29-year-old Atlas Lion came on as a substitute against Nottingham Forest but fans now want him to start against the champions on Thursday

Chelsea manager Graham Potter has been called upon to start Hakim Ziyech ahead of Raheem Sterling after their 1-1 Premier League draw against Nottingham Forest on Sunday.

After the Blues took the lead courtesy of Sterling, the Tricky Trees levelled matters when Serge Aurier capitalised on a defensive mix-up to grab a vital point at the City Ground.

Despite his superb display at the World Cup finals in Qatar where he guided Morocco to the semi-finals, the 29-year-old Ziyech was handed a bench role by Potter before he came on in the 72nd minute for Jorginho.

His introduction saw him create chances that Chelsea failed to utilise and fans have now taken to social media to call for his start ahead of Sterling when Chelsea come up against Manchester City in their next league assignment at Stamford Bridge on Thursday.

Pains to see Ziyech benched

Why didn’t Graham Potter start Hakim Ziyech, it really pains? 🤔 – @marcus_oriobosa

Here wondering why Potter keeps putting Ziyech on the bench. – @CFCWiz

Why is Potter not starting Ziyech? Don’t know what he needs to do to start, just wasting his talent and playmaking 😕 – @satyam7sharma7

What is Ziyech doing on the bench? Potter isn’t thinking. – @Davin71730130

World Cup semi-finalists Kova and Ziyech being on the bench is criminal from Potter. – @MersimRizmani

Tell me why Potter didn’t start Ziyech?🙄🙄 – @_Copah_Jay

Someone save Ziyech from the bench the guy is too talented… – @babysalma122

But how do you bench Ziyech? The kid is too good, he fought up to the World Cup semi-finals, Potter is not good enough🚮 – @emmanuel_ayello

Am sick of why @ChelseaFC keeps on benching Hakim Ziyech, only to concede a late goal and share the spoils! Potter has to wake up quickly or Chelsea will be relegated! – @ibrahim_006KE

So I have to watch Potter’s Chelsea again and see him benching Ziyech every other game???? When is the pain going to end 😭 – @mingipaws

Potter will watch Ziyech create chances for fun but will still start Mount and Sterling over him. – @SuyashCFC

Ziyech needs to start vs Man City

He created one huge chance that we should have scored. I do not understand the obsession with Sterling. Wallah this is ridiculous. Against Man City, Ziyech and Pulisic need to start otherwise Potter’s head needs to be checked. – @paper_equity

Pathetic. Worrying how they were dominated by a relegation side in the second half. A lot of deadwood in this team. If Pulisic and Ziyech don’t start from now on then Potter is pathetic. – @Frankkoja93

Someone needs to tell this Potter man that “Ziyech needs more starting time.” – @iam_ifegbolahan

Potter having Ziyech on the bench is a crime against humanity. Hope he’ll start against Manchester City 🤲🏻 – @mingipaws

For me, Ziyech was brilliant today. He tried to create some good chances but the others couldn’t turn them into real opportunities. Potter needs to start him in the next game against Manchester City.

He needs more minutes on the pitch, playing 15 minutes isn’t good… – @naibeeez

  • Potter should drop Sterling and start Ziyech

  • Neither of our wingers are “@ChelseaFC level” but Pulisic has done far better than Sterling. I don’t know why we must continue to pay this stupid “English player hype” premium. Potter should drop Sterling and start Ziyech and Pulisic. – @ademuyiwa_idris

  • Let Ziyech start instead of Sterling, please Potter. – @MYGF39

  • What is Sterling still doing on the pitch when you have Ziyech on the bench? Potter is still clueless. – @charlonchi

  • Ziyech should have started ahead of Sterling if Graham Potter had a clue of what he is doing. – @AhmedMoniem10

  • Potter, it’s time for Ziyech to start ahead of Sterling. – @Vincentbrian

  • Imagine if Potter replaces Sterling with Ziyech for the Man City clash. – @avbade

  • Potter doesn’t like Ziyech

  • No Ziyech, no party!! the team is going to face Manchester City in the next two matches, so he should have given Ziyech an opportunity, and it’s will benefit the team too, some players are going to rest. But seriously Potter just doesn’t love Ziyech. – @YassirOu11

  • Imagine Graham Potter saying Ziyech should be patient before getting into Chelsea’s X1 while the likes of Mount and Gallagher are playing week in and week out. When I said he was a clueless manager a few days back, some people were crying. – @Joos_only

  • Well, it’s obvious now, Potter will never truly trust him. Ziyech needs trust to shine. Period. – @ZiyechBrasil

  • Potter, is the worst coach I have ever seen, you have a creative player like Ziyech, but you prefer to start with Pulisic and Sterling 🤦😂… – @MjahedZoubair

  • Graham Potter is not for Chelsea. He is just average. Not starting Ziyech who creates the chances. Need a Coach of A class. Chelsea will not even have a chance to play in Europa League. – @chelseaprashant

  • Chelsea need to sack Potter

  • Potter needs to be sacked. Ziyech should start every game from now on too. – @ramolannisters

  • All I’m going to say is if Ziyech doesn’t start against Man City, I’m Potter out because I know we’re starved but you need to be using whatever you have at your disposal and there’s no denying the talent this man evidently has, the different option he brings to this team. – @lamsreacts

  • Chelsea should re-hire Tuchel

  • Sack Potter and rehire Thomas Tuchel. Also, apologise to Ziyech ASAP. – @Japala_

  • Ziyech was good until Potter turned to be a Chelsea coach, bring back Tuchel. – @William086S

  • Bring back 🔙 Tuchel. Am done with this Potter guy. – @Judychelsea2009

  • Todd Boehly should stop this lot and bring back Thomas Tuchel. – @BawkuCfc

  • Auba should get a new club

  • If this is how Potter wants Chelsea to play then I have no idea where we are headed. Very very slow ball, with no creativity until Ziyech comes in. Ziyech should start ahead of Pulisic, and Chukwuekema ahead of Jorginho. Aubameyang should be looking for another club starting today. – @KimtaiArapBiama

  • Aubameyang will forever regret being indisciplined and getting himself axed from Arsenal. – @muftyysnr

  • Auba and Sterling should leave Chelsea. There’s no input from them. Especially Aubameyang 🙄🙄 – @judeehis

  • Aubameyang should leave Chelsea, please… – @sammy_klick

  • Koulibaly is a shadow of himself

  • Koulibaly isn’t doing it. Gallagher was running around seemingly directionless. Ziyech deserves more playtime. Graham Potter should have understood his team better and been more tactical by now.

  • I’m not getting this “Chelsea Project” again, how much longer? – @officialtostech

  • Trevoh Chalobah is better than Koulibaly at the moment, no reason why he shouldn’t be starting in all honesty. – @CFCPys

  • I remember asking if Koulibaly was the best replacement and an upgrade on Rudiger and these Chelsea fans ignored me. – @Teemah433

  • Koulibaly has been super underwhelming in the Prem so far. – @utdcynical

  • I don’t think I can ever forgive replacing Antonio Rudiger with Kalidou Koulibaly. – @UberCheIseaFC

  • Koulibaly hasn’t put in one five-star performance. I stood up for this man and said he was an upgrade from Rudiger. That’s a terrible take. – @Kofigram

  • Potter is the problem

  • Potter is partly at fault, as he is not using the full strength of the players at his disposal. For example, he needs to start Ziyech to provide the creativity. – @iggywest97

  • Potter is the problem. Hakim Ziyech, in 15 minutes, did better than Sterling and Mount who played 75 minutes. For God’s sake, Ziyech, Amrabat & Soufyane dragged Morocco to the semi-final of the World Cup, and some people here are saying he’s not worth Chelsea. – @ozodigboo

  • Ziyech is the best creative player we have at Chelsea hope Graham Potter can see that. – @MihlaliBambeni

  • Chelsea have a good player like Ziyech to make dangerous crosses but unfortunately, Graham Potter still manages to bring him down… instead of starting Ziyech, he keeps bringing poor and average line-ups to come and play nothing. – @ikram_3110

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